'The Thief Collector' Film Screening


7 p.m., Oct. 6, 2022


'The Thief Collector' movie poster

In 1985, Willem de Kooning’s Woman-Ochre was cut from its frame at the University of Arizona Museum of Art and vanished into the desert. Three decades later, the missing painting was found hanging in the rural New Mexico home of Jerry and Rita Alter.

Currently screening in major film festivals, "The Thief Collector" takes a close look at this brazen theft. It explores the complicated dynamics of family, how a mild-mannered couple could have pulled one of the greatest art heists of a generation, and just how far people’s grandiose narratives might take them.

Join us for the free hometown premiere at Centennial Hall, followed by a conversation with the filmmakers and special guests!

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