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Herb & Dorothy 50×50 Opens Today – The Follow-Up Documentary

50x50headerNEW YORK CITY – Friday, September 13, 2013

I was fortunate to get a intimate sneak preview screening of HERB & DOROTHY 50×50 at the SEE.ME gallery last week.  This is the follow-up documentary to 2008’s award winning HERB &DOROTHY(add this to your que!).

The original documentary recounts the amazing story of a New York couple, Herb and Dorothy Vogel, who on a NYC postal worker and a librarian’s salary (her income went to expenses, his to buying art)  managed to amassed one of the largest collections of minimalist art ever, and fit it all in a one bedroom apartment .


In the original film SPOILER ALERT Herb & Dorothy donated their collection to the Washington DC National Archive.  In the new film we catch up with the collecting duo and find that the archive didn’t  have room for the entire collection.  The accept  half of the work and for the other half they come up with a proposition.  A 50×50 concept, to donate 50 pieces, to 50 museums- thus breaking up the massive collection into 50 separate collections.   50 COLLECTIONS – ONE MUSEUM PER STATE –  FOR ALL 50 STATES!
View the Trailer.

4I got to see the film and then a Q & A with Dorothy Vogel and the director Megumi Sasaki.

5 Director Megumi Sasaki fell in love with their story, and had to put it on film.  She succeeded.

7 Dorothy Vogel fielded multiple questions from the small audience at the screening.

“The first film was about us building the collection, the second one is about how we gave it away.” – Dorothy Vogel.

I will write more about this experience next week on, with more photos and details and the questions  I asked, as well as her answers.  Until then I encourage you to see it, it opens today at the IFC Center in Manhattan.  The director will be there as well as some of the artists who are featured in the film including Christo, Charles Clough, and Martin Johnson.  On Saturday & Sunday Dorothy will be there as well.  Here is a list of showtimes and in person appearances over this weekend at the IFC Center.

Fri Sep 13

5:20pm: Q&A with director Megumi Sasaki and artist Martin Johnson

7:30pm: Introduction by Christo and Q&A with Sasaki

9:40pm: Introduction by Sasaki

Sat Sep 14

3:10pm: Q&A with Sasaki and Gail Stavitsky (Chief Curator of the Montclair Art Museum)

5:20pm: Q&A with Sasaki and artist Charles Clough

7:30pm: Q&A with Sasaki and subject Dorothy Vogel

9:40pm: Introduction by Sasaki and Vogel

Sun Sep 15

3:10pm: Q&A with Sasaki and Vogel

5:20pm: Q&A with Sasaki and Vogel


Written and Photographed by Cojo “Art Juggernaut”

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Cojo Art Juggernaut

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Artiholics, Art Sucks, and the soon to be launched podcast Artist In Repose, Cojo "Art Juggernaut" (Colin C. Jorgensen) is a NYC based artist, art writer, and occasional photographer.

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