This wonderful new documentary, which is about some unusual contemporary art collectors, has broad human-interest appeal because of its affectionate yet inquisitive look at what makes people want to live with art and seek to acquire the best they can find. It’s also a profoundly patriotic and pro-American government movie, perfect for Labor Day.
Directed by Megumi Sasaki, it’s a portrait of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, New Yorkers of modest income — he a postal clerk, she a librarian — who decided to put all their available money into buying art. They are not naifs; they have sophisticated, informed tastes.
Eventually, they give their art to the National Gallery in Washington as a way of giving back to the government and American people. And they're still collecting! Grade: A
The Cincinnati Art Museum’s new REEL ART series kicks off with Herb & Dorothy. Screenings are 7 p.m. Sept. 4 and 1 p.m. Sept. 6. Get details on the screenings and CAM's film series here.