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INDEPENDENT LENS: Herb And Dorothy

Herb and Dorothy visiting their honeymoon spot, the National Gallery of Art, West Building, in Washington, DC.
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Herb and Dorothy visiting their honeymoon spot, the National Gallery of Art, West Building, in Washington, DC.

Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

He was a postal clerk, and she was a librarian. With their modest means, Herbert and Dorothy Vogel managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history. In "Herb And Dorothy," filmmaker Megumi Sasaki looks at a couple whose passion and disciplines defied stereotypes and redefined what it means to be an art collector.

In August 2009, filmmaker Megumi Sasaki reported that Herb and Dorothy had finally stopped adding to their collection. In 2008, they began distributing work through their national gift project, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: 50 Works for 50 States. Although they don’t attend gallery or museum openings as much due to Herb’s health, the couple traveled with the film to many film festivals and screenings, meeting and interacting with the audience.