The documentary “Herb and Dorothy 50x50,” which opened Friday at the West End Cinema, is a follow-up to a 2008 film spotlighting husband-and-wife art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a New York postal worker and librarian who, beginning in 1962, amassed one of the world’s great collections of minimal and conceptual art. Then, as the new film notes, they gave it away to the American people, donating 50 artworks apiece to museums in all 50 states.
So where can you see some of this art? “The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States” runs through Oct. 20 at Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. If you’re in New England, check out “Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery” (through Jan. 26), or “Dorothy and Herb Vogel: 50 Works for 50 States,” on view through May 18 at the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum.
Armory Show centennial
America got its first look at modern art 100 years ago, at the International Exhibition of Modern Art, a 1913 show at New York’s 69th Regiment Armory that featured controversial work by some of the art world’s most daring nose-thumbers. Locally, that anniversary is being celebrated by two shows: The Phillips Collection’s “History in the Making” (through Dec. 1) features works from the permanent collection by artists who were in the Armory Show. “Decenter NY/DC,” on view through Dec. 20 at George Washington University’s Luther W. Brady Gallery, takes a more contemporary approach to the 1913 show, featuring artists of today who have been affected by the legacy of cubism and other early 20th-century art movements.
But for New York’s take on the historic show, check out “The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution,” opening Oct. 11 at the New York Historical Society Museum and Library.
Fashion, like art, reflects and shapes the society in which it is born. For fans of “Project Runway,” several out-of-town shows on clothing design offer a diverse selection of historical, cultural, technical and aesthetic perspectives, including:
“A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk,” through Jan. 4 at the Museum at FIT (New York).
“Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion
,” opening Nov. 16 at the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, Mass.).
“Hippie Chic,” through Nov.11 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
“Hollywood Costume ,” opening Nov. 9 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond).
“The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” opens Oct. 25 at the Brooklyn Museum.
This June’s Rosslyn-based performance-art festival, Supernova, suggested that there’s a healthy appetite in the Washington area for art action. Those looking for even more of it should head to New York this fall, where the Performa 13 biennial of performance art will take place Nov. 1-24 in more than 40 venues around the city, including the Bronx Museum of the Arts and MOMA, as well as miscellaneous theaters, galleries and other alternative spaces. A more tightly focused look at the genre can be found in “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art.” The two-part survey was organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. The first runs through Dec. 7 at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery; the second half opens Nov. 14 at Harlem’s Studio Museum.
Finally, if you’re in New York, don’t miss “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures
.” The New Museum exhibition, which will take up all five floors and part of the building’s exterior, is the first American survey of the artist’s work in 25 years.
Burden, who is perhaps best known for controversial early performances in which he was shot in the left arm (1971) and nailed to the back of a Volkswagen (1974), has since migrated to more sculptural work. The show is on view through Jan. 12.