The Thief Collector
Thursday, October 6, 7PM
Centennial Hall, University of Arizona Campus
A monumental piece of history returns to its rightful home at the University of Arizona. Now, you have a front seat to see how a couple pulled off one of the greatest art heists of a generation.
In 1985, Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre,” one of the most valuable paintings of the 20th century, vanished into the Arizona desert after being cut from its frame at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. Thirty-two years later, the $160 million painting was found hanging in the home of Jerry and Rita Alter in rural New Mexico.
The Thief Collector takes a deep look at how, and why, this mild-mannered couple allegedly pulled off one of the greatest art heists of a generation, exploring the complicated dynamics of family, the contours of criminality, and just how far people will go to weave their own grandiose narratives.
Join Arizona Arts Live! for a free, ticketed screening in Centennial Hall.
Ticket Link: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/19005D05CB1F3E02
Directed by Allison Otto