The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

“The Thief Collector” Film Screening


Thursday, October 6, 2022 | 7:00 PM

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!


See Woman-Ochre in person – back on view at the UAMA for the first time in 37 years – beginning Oct. 8!

The Thief Collector Trailer from Roots Productions on Vimeo.