HERB & DOROTHY is the story of Herb & Dorothy Vogel, a postal worker and a librarian who decided, in the early 1950’s, to dedicate Herb’s entire salary to purchasing “modern” art and to just live off of Dorothy’s teaching salary.
They were in the right place at the right time – in New York in the 50’s and 60’s, buying art like crazy and living off next to nothing – and now one of the most important modern art collections in the United States is packed into their tiny apartment. That’s pretty much the story of the film, the tagline of which is “You don’t have to be a Rockefeller to collect art.”
In a nice bit of synchronicity, there is a Lynda Benglis exhibit up right now at Turner Art Center at Centenary College, and Ms. Benglis is one of the artists collected by Herb & Dorothy Vogel.
I booked the film because I fell in love with the trailer, and am presently just trying my best to get the word out to art lovers in town."