The world was wowed in 2008 when director Megumi Sasaki released Herb & Dorothy, a documentary on Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a couple of very low-key modern-art collectors. The postal worker and librarian had spent decades filling their cramped New York City apartment with thousands of pieces, including works by Roy Lichtenstein and Cindy Sherman and preparatory materials gifted to the Vogels by Christo.
A companion to that original documentary, Herb & Dorothy 50X50 follows dozens of pieces from the couple’s massive collection as they travel across the country for the exhibition The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: 50 Works for 50 States.
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“When they started collecting a particular artist, they collected them for years. You saw the evolution of an artist, and that is what separates them from other collectors,” says Ernie Quiroz, programming director for the Sie FilmCenter. (Quiroz helped handle the Phoenix Art Museum’s Vogel collection in his former position there.) You don’t have to have seen the first film to enjoy this followup, he says; 50X50 traces the impact of the Vogels’ gift on the American public’s perception of minimalist art.
Herb & Dorothy 50X50 opens tonight at the Sie, 2510 East Colfax Avenue in Denver. Get tickets, $7 to $10, and showtimes at the box office, by phone (303-595-3456), or online at denverfilm.org.
Oct. 11-17, 2013