Developed as the follow-up film to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary HERB & DOROTHY (2008) that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide, HERB & DOROTHY 50X50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society.
In 2008, legendary art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel made an announcement that stunned the art world. Known and loved as a retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries, the Vogels launched a national gift project with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington DC that would constitute one of the largest gifts in the history of American art: to give a total of 2,500 artworks to museums in all fifty states.
In 2009, Pérez Art Museum Miami (then Miami Art Museum) was one of 50 institutions in 50 states to receive a gift of 50 objects from the legendary collection of Herbert and Dorothy Vogel. The PAMM exhibition To Herb and Dorothy: Celebrating the Vogel Gift (September 30-November 16) showcases this extraordinary couple’s generous donation, while providing a glimpse of their unique sensitivity to experimental artistic production.