Playing Follow the Bouncing Closures over the past two years, UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum underwent an extensive renovation before reopening last September, then was shuttered again last month to install new track lighting for the gallery.
On July 12, the museum reopens yet again under its revamped illumination and with a new exhibit through September 28, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: 50 Works for 50 States, accompanied by the documentary Herb & Dorothy in the museum screening area.
Known as the “proletarian art collectors,” the Vogels (Herb died last July) spent more than 50 years working as New York City civil servants—Herb as a Manhattan postal clerk and Dorothy as a Brooklyn librarian—while amassing what’s been deemed one of America’s most important, post-1960s collections of contemporary art. Numbering about 4,000 pieces, it is mostly comprised of minimalist and conceptual works.
Deciding to share it with the public, the Vogels created a program—dubbed “Vogel 50×50”—in which 50 pieces were awarded to one art institution in each state. In 2008, UNLV was chosen as a recipient. Previously exhibited at the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery on campus, the collection includes works by Stephen Antonakos, Neil Jenney, Lynda Benglis, Lucio Pozzi, Edda Renouf, Bettina Werner and Richard Tuttle.
“The Vogels created one of the great private collections of the late-20th century and have done so with modest means,” said Barrick program director Aurore Giguet in a statement announcing the exhibit. “They prove that you do not have to be wealthy to assemble an important collection, or to be able to give generously to art institutions.”
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: 50 Works for 50 States, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon-Wed and Fri, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thu, noon-5 p.m. Sat, July 12-September 28, Marjorie Barrick Museum at UNLV, free, suggested donations of $5 for adults and $2 for children and seniors, 895-3381, BarrickMuseum.UNLV.edu.
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