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Do you have to be a Rockefeller to collect art? Not according to New York City postal clerk Herb Vogel and his wife, Dorothy, a reference librarian, whose shared passion for art defied stereotypes and redefined what it means to be a collector. Since the early 1960s, the Vogels quietly amassed an amazing collection of contemporary art by befriending artists long before they became popular and purchasing their work. The collection includes famous works by Minimalist, Conceptualist, and Post-Modern artists. in partnership with the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Vogels agreed to distribute their collection to museums around the country through the national gifts program "50 Works for 50 States." In late 2008, the University Museum at Southern Illinois University Carbondalelearned it would receive the sole award for Illinois and has since hosted a public exhibition of the collection. In this edition of WSIU InFocus, acclaimed artist and guest curator Mel Watkins of the Forum for Contemporary Art in St. Louis gives WSIU's Jak Tichenor a guided tour of the Vogel Collection at the University Museum.
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