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Concord offers special screening of documentary that marks American art milestone

Poster of a follow-up documentary made about Herb and Dorothy Vogol.

Concord University is hosting a special one-time screening of the story about two average working people with a passion for contemporary art. “Herb & Dorothy 50x50” tells how Herb and Dorothy Vogel and the ‘road trip’ process of donating their art to museums across the country.

The documentary, “Herb & Dorothy 50x50” details the Vogel’s gift to this country and the final chapter of their extraordinary lives. It’s a follow-up to the award-winning “Herb & Dorothy (2008) by Megumi Sasaki.

The Vogels  were able to amass a collection of five thousand art pieces  on their postman and librarian salaries. Instead of selling their multi-million dollar, world-class collection, they decided to donate it to the public. With the help of the National Gallery of Art in Washington D-C the Vogels donated 50 pieces to one museum in each of the 50 states. It was one of the largest gifts in the history of American Art.

In West Virginia, the art went to the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, which  plans to open the exhibition on Nov. 16.

Concord will host a special one-time screening of the 2013 documentary film “Herb & Dorothy 50x50” this Thursday night. Everyone is invited to the Athens campus to watch.

The Concord University Division of Fine Arts and the Concord Film Society are hosting this special one-time screening of the film on Thursday, Nov. 7. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Marsh Hall, Room 237, on the Athens campus. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

For more information about the film visit www.herbanddorothy.com or www.facebook.com/herbanddorothy

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