Program Details

Movie Night: Herb & Dorothy

May 3 / 7:00 PM - May 3 / 9:00 PM

Please join us for a screening of Herb & Dorothy (directed by Megumi Sasaki, 2008, 87min), the extraordinary story of a postal clerk and a librarian who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means.

In the early 1960s, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, the Vogels quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists. Devoting all of Herb’s salary to purchase art they liked, they collected guided by two rules: the piece had to be affordable, and it had to be small enough to fit in their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment. Within these limitations, they proved themselves curatorial visionaries; most of those they supported and befriended went on to become world-renowned artists, including Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Sol LeWitt, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Richard Tuttle, Chuck Close, Robert Mangold, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Lynda Benglis, Pat Steir, Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi, and Lawrence Weiner.

Herb & Dorothy provides a unique chronicle of the world of contemporary art from two unlikely collectors, whose shared passion and discipline defies stereotypes and redefines what it means to be a patron of the arts.

Delightful... a kind of real-life fairy tale. –Boston Herald

Winner Audience Award Hamptons Film Festival; Winner Golden Starfish Hamptons Film Festival; Best of Fest Palm Springs Film Festival; Winner Audience Award Silverdocs Film Festival; Winner Audience Award Philadelphia Cinefest; Winner Best Documentary Provincetown Film Festival

Admission: free
Date: Friday, May 3rd
Time: 7pm
Contact: Sean Scullion / film [at] sharchendzong [dot] org

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