Update as of 12:50 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 7, 2010
The controversial artwork that was destroyed yesterday by a Montana woman is no longer on display at the Loveland Museum/Gallery. The remaining portions of the piece were removed by police shortly after the incident and are being kept as evidence.
The multi-panel artwork, The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals by Enrique Chagoya, that was destroyed was a print, not the original. The print will not be replaced by museum staff in the Loveland galley exhibit.
Loveland city officials stress that the safety of the public, museum volunteers and staff remains the city’s foremost priority. Currently, police officers are present in the building.
A woman is in custody as a result of an incident at the Loveland Museum/Gallery at approximately 4 p.m., Oct. 6, 2010 in relation to the current controversy over a work of art in a museum display.
Kathleen Folden, age 56 of Kalispell, Mont., is currently in custody on a charge of criminal mischief, a Class 4 felony. She was transported to the Larimer County Detention Center in Fort Collins.
According to reports, a woman allegedly came into the museum and stood in front of the controversial image. Using a crowbar, she then broke the Plexiglas that protected the image and tore up the artwork. She cut herself in the process of doing so.
It was originally reported that police had received reports of gunfire at the museum, but it appears the noise was due to the banging of the crowbar against the Plexiglas to break it. No firearm was involved.
The Loveland Museum/Gallery continues to be open to the public during its normal hours for viewing of the Legend of Bud Shark and his Indelible Ink along with all other exhibits.
Museum hours are:
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
- Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
- Thursday: 10am – 7pm
- Friday: 10am – 5pm
- Saturday: 10am – 4pm
- Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
- the second Friday of each month for
- Night on the Town
- 6pm – 9pm