Dorothy and Herbert Vogel began collecting works of modern art in the 1960s. Over the next 40 years, the Vogels developed one of the country’s most remarkable private collections. Now they are giving their treasures away through a program called “Fifty Works for Fifty States.” The Indianapolis Museum of Art is the first museum to receive 50 works from the Vogels for its permanent collection. Most of these pieces are works on paper by such artists as Lynda Benglis, James Bishop, Robert Mangold, Elizabeth Murray, Edda Renouf and Richard Tuttle.
The IMA will unveil these works in an exhibition called Collected Thoughts Dec. 11. The opening party includes a screening of Herb and Dorothy, a documentary about the Vogels, at 6:30 p.m. in the Toby theater, followed by a Q&A session with Dorothy and Herbert Vogel. Then, from 8-10 p.m., you can preview the exhibition, snack on hors d’oeuvres and hit the cash bar. Tickets are $10 for the public, $5 for students and members are free. You can purchase tickets online or through the Membership Department at 317-920-2651. The exhibit runs through April 12. Information: www.ima-art.org, 4000 Michigan Road.