Dorothy Vogel Lecture Save The Date: Saturday, July 27th ?:?? to ?:?? p.m.
Five Points Center for the Visual Arts is pleased to have renowned art collector, Dorothy Vogel as our featured speaker for the 2019 Five Points Lecture Series, as she opens up about her life and time as a collector with her late husband Herb Vogel. Dorothy Will speak on a panel alongside Jane Coats Eckert of Jane Eckert Fine Art, and Judith McElhone, Founder and Executive Director of FPCVA.
In 1962, with very little means and passionate about art, they began collecting contemporary artwork in New York. With over four decades of collecting and relationship building with leading artists of the time, The Vogel Art Collection was born. The Vogel’s dedicated their life to collecting, having acquired more than 4,000 works of art by more than 170 artists.
The beauty of their story is not one of lavishness and riches. It’s a story of vision and a passion for the visual arts. Shortly after marrying in 1962, Dorothy, a reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, and Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk decided to live on one salary. This allowed them to purchase art with the other salary, which happened to Herb’s, who never made more than $23,000 a year. Their tiny Manhattan apartment was jampacked, floor to ceiling, with their treasures.
By the 1970’s, the Vogel’s were regarded as some of the foremost collectors of contemporary art, as they were steadfast in their focus. Due to their lack of storage and wall space, many of the works were small, yet pushed boundaries. Selections from the Vogel Collection began to travel for exhibition to some of the nation’s leading art institutions. Finally, in 1992, having amassed one of the greatest collections of that era, the Vogel’s made arrangements to gift most of the collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, keeping the collection accessible and free to all. Finally, due to “the sheer size of the gift, which included 2,500 drawings, paintings, objects, prints and photographs by 177 artists, led to the development of a program in which the National Gallery would distribute 50 works from the collection to one institution in each of the fifty states.” Join us to hear Dorothy speak about the history of the Vogel’s collection, as she shares her insights on their practice as collectors and philanthropists.
Dorothy Vogel will be speaking at the gallery on July 27, 2019 from ? to ? p.m. There will be a viewing of the documentary HERB AND DOROTHY from ? to ? p.m. in the gallery before the talk. Light refreshments will be served.
Five Points Center for the Visual Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.