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  • A couple of modest means builds one of the most important contemporary art collections in history.

    A couple of modest means builds one of the most important contemporary art collections in history.

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  • The Vogels only collected what they liked, and what would fit in their flat.

    The Vogels only collected what they liked, and what would fit in their flat.

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  • Herb would negotiate the lowest prices for the best (and most) art he could get.

    Herb would negotiate the lowest prices for the best (and most) art he could get.

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  • Christo and Jeanne-Claude gave the Vogels art in exchange for cat-sitting services.

    Christo and Jeanne-Claude gave the Vogels art in exchange for cat-sitting services.

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  • Herb and Dorothy Vogel travel the festival circuit with filmmaker Megumi Sasaki.

    Herb and Dorothy Vogel travel the festival circuit with filmmaker Megumi Sasaki.

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  • Herb and Doroth inside their Manhattan apartment

    Herb and Doroth inside their Manhattan apartment

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  • Herb and Dorothy at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, revisiting their honeymoon spot

    Herb and Dorothy at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, revisiting their honeymoon spot

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  • Herb and Dorothy at a Robert Barry art opening

    Herb and Dorothy at a Robert Barry art opening

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  • Herb and Dorothy at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, viewing the benefactors list

    Herb and Dorothy at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, viewing the benefactors list

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  • Herb and Dorothy at The Gates in Central Park, New York, 2005

    Herb and Dorothy at The Gates in Central Park, New York, 2005

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  • Herb and Dorothy at a Richard Tuttle art opening

    Herb and Dorothy at a Richard Tuttle art opening

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  • Herb and Dorothy view a Sol LeWitt wall drawing at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

    Herb and Dorothy view a Sol LeWitt wall drawing at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

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The Film

He was a postal clerk. She was a librarian. With modest means, this couple managed to build one of the most important modern art collections in history. Meet Herbert and Dorothy Vogel, whose shared passion and commitment defied stereotypes and redefined what it means to be an art collector. Herb and Dorothy is an Independent Lens selection.

The Filmmaker

  1. Megumi SasakiDirector

Originally a freelance journalist, Megumi Sasaki joined NHK In 1992, serving as anchor, news director, and reporter for Ohayo Nippon, a popular morning news program. In 1996, she returned to independent work as a freelance television documentary news director and field producer, developing programs for Japan's premiere documentary series, NHK Special, and for commercial networks including TBS, Nippon Television, and TV Tokyo.

In 2002, Sasaki founded Fine Line Media, combining her commitments to Japanese TV with her new interest in feature documentary projects. Herb & Dorothy is her first independent film.