HERB AND DOROTHY 50 X 50
Post-film Q&A with director Megumi Sasaki
Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Carte Blanche Donors Thank You Reception
at Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery
6:00 – 7:15pm
Carte Blanche: FREE | Members: $6 | Students & Seniors: $8 | Nonmembers: $11
ABOUT THE FILM: Known and loved as a retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries, the Vogels launched a national gift project with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in 2008 to give a total of 2,500 artworks to museums in all fifty states. Though their collection was worth millions of dollars, the couple did not sell a single piece, instead giving fifty works to one museum in every state. Their wish was to give back to the people of the United States. A ‘road movie’ through the art world, the film takes the audience on a journey across the U.S. to eleven recipient museums, meeting curators and visitors, and introduces famous artists, as well as unknown favorites of Herb and Dorothy. But in July of 2012, Dorothy declared their collection closed after the passing of her husband Herb. HERB & DOROTHY 50X50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary lives and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society.
Not Rated R | In English | 86 minutes
ABOUT MEGUMI SASAKI: Megumi began her career as journalist for print media before joining NHK, Japan's sole public broadcaster (equivalent to BBC in UK) in 1992. She worked both in front and behind the camera, as anchor, reporter and news director for a popular morning news program called Ohayo Nippon. In 2002, Megumi founded a production company, Fine Line Media, to streamline ongoing commitments to Japanese television while facilitating her new interest in feature documentary projects. HERB & DOROTHY was the first of these projects, a labor of love for which Megumi is both director and producer. In 2013, Megumi completed the highly anticipated follow-up documentary to HERB & DOROTHY titled HERB & DOROTHY 50X50. The majority of the film’s funds were raised by crowdsourcing in both the US and Japan, raising a combined $220,000 from nearly 2,000 supporters around the world.