National Gallery, Vogel Collection Launch National Gift Program

The National Gallery of Art, in partnership with New York City collectors Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has announced the launch of a national program that will distribute fifty works from the Vogels' collection of contemporary art to a selected art institution in each of the fifty states.

The 2,500 works to be distributed through the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States program represent 170 contemporary artists, including Will Barnet, Robert Barry, Lynda Benglis, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, and Richard Tuttle. Ruth Fine, NGA curator of special projects in modern art, is helping the Vogels select the works to be offered to the museums participating in the program. The NEA will fund the publication of a book about the project, while IMLS will support the packing and shipping of the artworks as well as the development of the project's Web site.

During the spring, gifts will be made to ten institutions: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Wilmington-based Delaware Art Museum; the High Museum of Art Atlanta; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky; the New Orleans Museum of Art; Harvard University Art Museums; the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey; the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas, Austin; and the Seattle Art Museum. Twenty of the additional forty museums, which have already been selected, will receive gifts by the end of 2008, while the final twenty will receive works in 2009.

"We hope this will be a truly national program, and that it will make the work of the many artists we admire familiar to a wider audience," said Dorothy Vogel. "We also hope our gifts will enable museums throughout the country to represent a significant range of contemporary art."