If you were to see Herb and Dorothy Vogel walking down the streets of Manhattan now, you would probably think they were just an ordinary old Jewish couple on their way to the Carnegie Deli for some lean brisket. You would probably be right.
But if you had seen them walking down the streets of lower Manhattan in So-Ho and Tribeca sometime in the early 1970′s (very unhip back then) you would have been very puzzled. Why would this tiny couple (they are both short) be walking around these rough neighborhoods full of punk clubs, drug addicts, scary leather bars, empty lofts and all kinds of disreputable people and why aren’t they scared? The reason is because they were probably on their way to see some emerging artist in his workspace or to attend some offbeat gallery show of minimalist art. Later you might have seen them heading back uptown on the subway or in a taxi with packages of art. You would have thought, well, this is just strange enough to be typical in New York.
Here, you would be wrong.