Dorothy and Herb Vogel:
Fifty Works for Fifty States

September 3, 2013 - May 18, 2014
Wolcott Gallery

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel -- a librarian and a postal worker -- had minimal formal education in the arts and were of modest means. The Vogels began collecting in the early 1960s, guided by a strong aesthetic, a deep passion, and devoted relationships with the artists they befriended. Over the years, they almost serendipitously collected works of utmost contemporary importance and artistic value, covering every surface and wall of their tiny New York apartment. Their collection, spanning nearly five-thousand pieces by almost two-hundred artists, focuses on conceptual, minimalist, and post-minimalist art, the majority from the 1970s, '80s, and '90s.

In late 2008, Herb and Dorothy, with the assistance of the National Gallery of Art, launched the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States program, a donation of 2,500 works to fifty museums across the country. The Fleming Museum was the Vermont recipient of this generous gift.

The works in the Vogel Collection at the Fleming Museum are varied in aesthetic sensibilities -whether figurative, sculptural, abstract, or conceptual- and make use of a wide range of media, from photography and drawings to wall-mounted sculptural pieces and maquettes. The exhibition includes work by over twenty artists, including Carel Balth, Judy Rifka, Pat Steir, and Richard Tuttle. It is a survey not only of the works themselves, but also of the important historical, yet deeply personal, contribution the Vogels have made to nurturing American art, and now to sharing it with the public.

The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States is a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute for Museum and Library Services.