Set for Nov. 7 at Concord University
ATHENS, W.Va. – The Concord University Division of Fine Arts and the Concord Film Society are hosting a special one-time screening of the 2013 documentary film “Herb & Dorothy 50x50” on Thursday, Nov. 7. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Marsh Hall, Room 237, on the Athens campus. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.
“Herb & Dorothy 50x50” is the inspiring story of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, two average, working people with a passion for contemporary art. They were able to amass a collection of thousands of pieces of art on their postman and librarian salaries and instead of selling their multi-million dollar, world-class collection, they decided to donate their works to the public.
Their gift, one of the largest in the history of American art, became a project with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C. and involved donating a total of 2,500 works of art to museums in all 50 states. This was 16 years after the Vogels transferred their collection to the NGA in 1992.
At nearly 5000 works, the collection became too large for a single museum and as a result the idea originated for “The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States.” The gift project involved donating 50 pieces to one museum in each of the 50 states.
In West Virginia, the recipient of their gift is the Huntington Museum of Art located in Huntington. The museum plans to open the exhibition on Nov. 16, 2013.
A follow-up to the award-winning documentary “Herb & Dorothy (2008) by Megumi Sasaki “Herb & Dorothy 50x50” is a “road movie” that takes viewers across the United States to visit 11 museums that are beneficiaries of the gift project. The film details the Vogel’s gift to this country and the final chapter of their extraordinary lives.
Funding for the screening event is provided by the Concord Division of Fine Arts Visiting Artist Series with additional support by the Concord University Film Society and the Division of Humanities.