Museum Exhibitions
The following is a list of exhibitions in which artworks from the collection have appeared.

Dorothy and Herb Vogel: On Drawing

January 14, 2014 – May 18, 2014, Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, New Yorkers of modest means, began purchasing contemporary art in 1962 and soon realized that drawings were of particular interest to them. Of the over 4,000 works they collected in a period of more than 40 years, approximately three-quarters were drawings. Not only were the Vogels daring in their acquisition of works by young artists, but their decision to focus on drawing was unprecedented at the time. This exhibition presents the second half of the Vogels' gift to the Fleming Museum of Art, and it focuses on new attitudes about drawing.

With an eye for freshness and integrity, the Vogels purchased drawings at a time when most collectors favored painting and sculpture. Dorothy and Herbert recognized that artists were no longer making drawings simply to practice manual skill, but as an intellectual endeavor that marked the passage of time, gave instruction, or took pleasure in sensual materials. For the Vogels, drawings also represented their personal connection to the artist-a link to the artist's thought process.

In 2008, with the assistance of the National Gallery of Art, the Vogels created a plan to distribute a significant portion of their collection throughout the United States, donating fifty objects to a single art institution in each state. The Fleming Museum of Art is the Vermont recipient of this esteemed and generous gift. Half of the Vogels' gift to the Fleming was exhibited in the fall of 2013. The current exhibition completes the presentation of their gift and reflects their astute observation of the contemporary art scene. Now in public collections, the personal choices of these two remarkable people can be shared with visitors who will embark on their own relationships with the works in museums across the country.

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.

Dorothy and Herb Vogel: Fifty Works for Fifty States

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.

Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery

Friday, August 23, 2013–Sunday, January 26, 2014 Over several decades and with a modest income, New York collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel amassed a vast and uniquely perceptive collection of contemporary art. In 2008 the Vogels created a program to distribute their collection throughout the nation, donating 50 objects to a selected art institution in each of the 50 states. This student-curated exhibition presents for the first time the Vogels’ generous gift to Connecticut, which was placed in the care of the Yale University Art Gallery and includes work by artists such as Robert Barry, Lois Dodd, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Lucio Pozzi, and Richard Tuttle. While the Vogel Collection has been highly regarded for its Minimal, Postminimal, and Conceptual objects, the selection given to the Gallery reflects the broader variety of work produced in New York during this period. Featuring additional selections from the Gallery’s holdings by artists whose work the Vogels collected, the exhibition—which is organized around the three formal concerns of line, color, and shape—allows for a rich presentation of the New York art world in the second half of the twentieth century and tells the story of the Vogels’ deeply personal engagement with artists.

Exhibition organized by Yale University students under the direction of Molleen Theodore, the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Fellow. Made possible by the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund and an endowment created with a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States

Curated by Catharina Manchanda

Passionately devoted to contemporary art and artists, Dorothy and Herb Vogel, a New York City postal clerk and his wife, a librarian, began in 1962 to build what would become a legendary art collection. They collected the art of their time and got to know the artists and their work, eventually bringing together some 4000 artworks. In 1991, the Vogels donated most of their collection to the National Gallery in Washington. In addition, they selected fifty works for one museum in each of the fifty U.S. states. The Seattle Art Museum is the beneficiary in the State of Washington and will exhibit the entire Vogel gift in the spring of 2013, which will be contextualized by works from the museum’s collection.

–Catharina Manchanda, Jon & Mary Shirley Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art

The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, 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.

Herb and Dorothy: Fifty Works for Fifty States

August 9, 2012 – January 6, 2013, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana
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In 2009, the Yellowstone Art Museum received exciting news. The immense, famed collection of Conceptual and Minimalist art amassed by Herb and Dorothy Vogel was going to be given away, and given away in quite an unusual fashion. The Vogels’ collection—numbering thousands of works—was divided into two key groups. The first group, about 2,500 works, was to be donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The remainder was to be dispersed throughout the United States under a program administered by the National Gallery of Art, called “Fifty Works for Fifty States.” The Vogels wished to donate fifty works of art from their collection to each of the fifty states. We anxiously awaited the news and were thrilled when the institution selected in Montana was the Yellowstone Art Museum!

Artists who are included among the fifty works in the Montana gift include Stephen Antonakos, Will Barnet, Robert Barry, Charles Clough, Pinchas Cohen Gan, Claudia de Monte, Richard Francisco, Michael Goldberg, Don Hazlitt, Neil Jenney, Martin Johnson, Stephen Kaltenbach, Steve Keister, Mark Kostabi, Wendy Lehman, Michael Lucero, Joseph Nechvatal, Richard Nonas, Lucio Pozzi, Edda Renouf, Daryl Trivieri, Richard Tuttle, and Ruth Vollmer.

This will be the first time that the YAM has exhibited this extraordinary gift in its entirety. Be part of the celebration of this honor for the state of Montana.