Developed as the follow-up film to Megumi Sasaki’s award-winning documentary HERB & DOROTHY (2008) that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide, HERB & DOROTHY 50X50captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society. In 2008, legendary art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel made an announcement that stunned the art world. Known and loved as a retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries, the Vogels launched a national gift project with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington DC that would constitute one of the largest gifts in the history of American art: to give a total of 2,500 artworks to museums in all fifty states. Director Megumi Sasaki talks about art, love between two art lovers and a nearly 20-year journey that three people have taken together.
“Sesuki … widens her focus, offering insights into the state of contemporary art museums, nearly all of which are limited to the taste of their donors.” – Peter Debruge, Variety
“It’s an absorbing document of an extraordinary act of generosity.” – Chris Klimek, Village Voice