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Less is More: The Vogel Gift of Minimal and Conceptual Art

January 23 - May 2, 2010

Will Barnet, Study for the Vogels (Herb with hands on chin), 1977, graphite and charcoal on vellum tracing paper, Gift of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel: Fifty Works for Fifty States; photo by Lyle Peterzell, 2009.003.
He was a postal clerk.  She was a librarian.  With their modest means, the couple managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in the United States.  Best known for collecting minimal and conceptual works, the couple managed to amass more than 4,000 works before deciding to donate a substantial number to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and retaining 2,500 for distribution to 50 museums, one in each of the 50 states. 

In 2008, the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art was selected by the Vogels to be the Iowa recipient of a collection of 50 works as a part of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States initiative.  Less is More will exhibit the entire Vogel gift to Iowa for the first time.

Learn more about the Vogels and their amazing collection on the PBS series Independent Lens, airing on Iowa Public Television. Learn more here...

The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States is a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Less is More has been supported by GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation Fund and The Momentum Fund, both funds of The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation.

Learn more about minimal and conceptual art by clicking on the handout below. The information on this handout was taken, sometimes verbatim, from a variety of published and Internet sources.


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