Herbert Vogel and Dorothy Vogel were immortalized in a drawing called "The Collectors, 1977" by Will Barnet, which is part of the Vogel Collection given to the National Gallery of Art. The drawing is the artists representation of how Herb and Dorothy looked at art together.
Along with the copious art collection which hangs on their walls, hangs from their ceilings, is stacked on the floor, stacked under their bed, and propped against or behind furniture, Herbert Vogel and Dorothy Vogel also have a large animal menagerie in their small apartment, made up of several cats roaming freely, several large turtles in water filled aquariums, and tropical fish in another aquarium.
Other works collected by Herbert Vogel and Dorothy Vogel, seen with on screen titles shown (artist name), in order of appearance: 1 - "Title Unknown, 1965" (Sol LeWitt) 2 - "Wall Drawing #65." (Sol LeWitt), with museum caption: "lines not short, not straight, crossing and touching, drawn at random using colors, uniformly dispersed with maximum density, covering the entire surface of the wall - first installation, 1971"
Per the inventory of art works done for the National Gallery of Art, their collection included more than 4,782 works of art, collected over more than thirty years. After the donation to the National Gallery of Art and their 50 states, 50 works donation, they still continued to collect aggressively, in their 70s (Dorothy) and approaching age 90 (Herb).
Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude created an installation art project called "The Gates" in Central Park, Manhattan in February 2005. The art project consisted of 7,503 purpose built and installed vinyl "gates" snaking along and over 23 miles (37 km) of pathways in New York City's Central Park. From each gate they draped a large piece of deep saffron (bright orange) nylon fabric. The installation was unveiled in a public ceremony on February 12, 2005, and remained standing through February 27, 2005. In books and other media sold by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, they refer to the project as "The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005." The dates were a reference to the period of time between the artists' initial proposal to the city, until they were permitted to have it installed. One of the works which was part of the Vogel Collection donated to The National Gallery of Art was one of the conceptual drawings produced for "The Gates" art project from 1996, which Christo and Jeanne-Claude sold (or traded for "cat sitting") to their friends, Herbert Vogel and Dorothy Vogel.
In a voice over, Dorothy Vogel says that the reason why they choose the National Gallery of Art as the primary recipient of their donated collection was that the National Gallery never deaccessions (meaning the museum does not sell donated works in the future) their art, the National Gallery has always been free admission for visitors, and because Dorothy (Brooklyn Public Library) and Herbert Vogel (US Postal Service) had careers working for governments, Dorothy for the city, and Herb for the federal government, and they would be giving their collection "back" to the people of the United States.
It took more than five full tractor trailer moving trucks to crate up and transport the Vogel's collection from Manhattan to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. More than five full trucks to transport the artwork stored in a small Manhattan one bedroom apartment.
For the first 74 minutes of the film, Herbert Vogel is not credited on screen as all the other credited cast members are, until the archive footage of Charlie Rose (1991), 1992 is shown, and then he is credited as "Herbert Vogel, art collector" from the on screen graphics for The Charlie Rose Show archival footage. Dorothy Vogel is never directly credited on screen.
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
ON SCREEN - "After the National Gallery of Art realized they could absorb no more than 1000 works, the museum and the Vogels decided to launch a national gift program." "50 Works for 50 States offers 50 artworks to a selected museum in each of the 50 states." "By the end of 2009, Herb and Dorothy's collection will find a permanent home and be shown to the people throughout the United States."