Filmmaker and director Megumi Sasaki will give a free lecture at the museum on Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 pm about her film Herb & Dorothy: You don’t have to be a Rockefeller to Collect Art. Sasaki will be speaking about the Vogels, making the film and the sequel.
Sasaki didn’t set out to be a documentary filmmaker. While working for Japanese public television as a field producer for an educational program about a Christo and Jeanne-Claude National Gallery exhibition she came upon the unique story of art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel. “Doing some research, I was so struck and moved by their story. A postal clerk and librarian built a world class collection that was crammed into their one-bedroom apartment in NYC, never sold a piece, and let go all the works to the museum? I couldn’t believe it was true,” remarks Sasaki, who was instantly inspired to put the Vogel’s story on the big screen.
“My fortunate encounter with these beautiful people has truly changed my view of, and appreciation for, art and life. I hope to share the story of Herb and Dorothy Vogel with as large an audience as possible,” comments Sasaki. She is currently creating a second documentary about her experience with the Vogels and the dissemination of their collection.
The film received the Golden Starfish Award for the Best Documentary Film and Audience Award from the 2008 Hamptons International Film Festival. It has also received Audience Awards from the 2008 SILVERDOCS Film Festival and the 2009 Philadelphia Cinefest.
Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis in the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium. Herb & Dorothy is playing in the museum’s Jerry and Patsy Shaw Video Box and available for purchase in the Museum Store.
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