Restored: The Return of 'Woman-Ochre'

When: October 08, 2022 10:00am to May 20, 2023 4:30pm
Woman-Ochre by Willem de Kooning

Painted by pioneer abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning in the mid-'50s and donated to the University of Arizona Museum of Art in 1958, "Woman-Ochre" was a beloved painting exhibited widely over the next three decades.

It disappeared from public view on November 29, 1985 – a fateful day when it was brazenly cut from its frame and stolen from the museum. The painting's whereabouts were unknown for almost 32 years, until August 2017 when it reappeared at an estate sale in the small town of Cliff, New Mexico.

This exhibition documents the incredible journey of "Woman-Ochre," guiding visitors through the circumstances of its creation, acquisition by UAMA, theft and miraculous recovery. It concludes by detailing the painstaking restoration work done by conservation experts at The Getty Center.

Although the theft of "Woman-Ochre" is a sore spot in the painting's history, it is only one part of an overall heartening journey. Now restored to its former glory in its rightful home, "Woman-Ochre" can continue to inspire for generations to come.

Audience: All
Audience size: Very Large (501+)
Price: $8 – General $6 – Seniors 65+ and groups of 10+ Free for Museum members, students with ID, UArizona faculty and staff, active military personnel, AAM members, visitors with a SNAP card or Tribal ID, and children


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1031 N Olive Road Museum of Art
Tucson , AZ
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Myriam Sandoval Museum of Art

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