Herb & Dorothy
Herbert and Dorothy Vogel are American art collectors. Herbert Vogel, who worked as a postal clerk with the United States Postal Service, and Dorothy Vogel, who was a librarian in the Brooklyn Public Library, built a large and impressive contemporary art collection on their modest income.
They amassed a collection of over 4,782 works, which they kept in their New York City apartment. In 1992, they decided to transfer the entire collection to the National Gallery of Art. More recently, in late 2008, they launched The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States along with the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The program will donate 2,500 works to 50 institutions across 50 states and will be accompanied by a book with the same name.
In 2008, an award winning documentary about their story, Herb and Dorothy, was released.
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