Vogel has a PhD in art history and is internationally recognized as a curator and African art expert. She has held the positions of curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Founding Director of the Museum for African Art; and Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, and Professor in the Department of Art History at Columbia University.
About her exhibitions, the New York Times recently said, "In the 1980s and '90s [they] revolutionized the way art, any art, could be exhibited. No one else has fully picked up that challenge since." Her last book BAULE: African Art/Western Eyes has been translated into French and received the Herskovits Prize, the African Studies Association's highest honor for original research on Africa. Her body of work was recognized by the prestigious Leadership Award of the Arts Council of the African Studies Association.
Her documentaries are filmed in Africa with African crews—several co-produced with the Musée National du Mali. With humor, an offbeat aesthetic, a scholar’s grasp of the subject, and almost no voice over narration or expert interviews, Vogel’s films are both personal and penetrating.