Over several decades and with a modest income, New York collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel amassed a vast and uniquely perceptive collection of contemporary art. In 2008 the Vogels created a program to distribute their collection throughout the nation, donating 50 objects to a selected art institution in each of the 50 states. This student-curated exhibition presents for the first time the Vogels’ generous gift to Connecticut, which was placed in the care of the Yale University Art Gallery and includes work by artists such as Robert Barry, Lois Dodd, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Lucio Pozzi, and Richard Tuttle. While the Vogel Collection has been highly regarded for its Minimal, Postminimal, and Conceptual objects, the selection given to the Gallery reflects the broader variety of work produced in New York during this period. Featuring additional selections from the Gallery’s holdings by artists whose work the Vogels collected, the exhibition—which is organized around the three formal concerns of line, color, and shape—allows for a rich presentation of the New York art world in the second half of the twentieth century and tells the story of the Vogels’ deeply personal engagement with artists.
Exhibition and publication organized by Yale University students, under the direction of Molleen Theodore, the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Senior Fellow, Yale University Art Gallery. Made possible by the Jane and Gerald Katcher Fund for Education and the John F. Wieland, Jr., B.A. 1988, Fund for Student Exhibitions.