“You Don’t Have to be a Rockefeller to Collect Art”

ACAC screening of Patronage: Herb and Dorothy, a film by Megumi Sasaki
Thursday, June 17, 7-9 p.m.

by Ashley Easton

There’s not going to be much happening in the galleries at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in the upcoming weeks while they’re closed for the installation of new exhibits opening in July.  However, they’ve got some excellent “Free Thursdays” programming coming up in the next month.

The one that has me most excited is an award-winning 2009 documentary by Megumi Sasaki about the legendary art collecting duo Herb and Dorothy Vogel that the Contemporary will be showing on the evening of Thursday, June 17.

Despite the Vogels’ humble occupations as a postal worker and a librarian, and their equally humble income, the couple accumulated a major collection of Conceptual and Minimalist art beginning in the early ‘60s.  No small feat, right?

The documentary takes us into their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment to experience their unparalleled, eclectic collection.  The famous building-wrappers Christo and Jeanne-Claude make an appearance in the movie, too.  The documentary makes a strong case for the benefits of supporting new and yet-unknown artists (to all parties involved!)

The movie will be followed by a discussion of the Vogel’s collecting strategies led by curator Stuart Horodner.  This one shouldn’t be missed by artists, curators, budding collectors, and art enthusiasts alike.

And by the way… it’s free!

Curious?  Check out the trailer.

Ashley Easton is a writer living in Atlanta.

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