At Weatherspoon's 75th anniversary, a look at “Woman” by
De Kooning
Filmed and edited by Martin W. Kane, UNCG Magazine

It's the Weathersoon Art Museum's crown jewel, a masterpiece of Abstract Expressionism: Willem De Kooning's “Woman.”

UNCG faculty member and painter John Opper purchased it in 1954 in Manhattan, on behalf of a Weatherspoon committee. It was not well-received in Greensboro, and it was soon known as “Opper's Folly.” But the decades have proven its purchase to be a milestone for the museum.

As the Weatherspoon celebrates its 75th, Director Nancy Doll tells the tale of the painting — and its place at UNCG's Weatherspoon Art Museum.