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Woman Takes Crowbar to Controversial Jesus Art Work Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Oct 8, 2010, 08:04 am

On Wednesday afternoon, a woman armed with a crowbar arrived at the Loveland Museum/Gallery to destroy a controversial art exhibit that some claimed shows Jesus Christ engaged in a sex act.

The Denver Post reports that, “’The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibalism’ by Stanford University’s Enrique Chagoya, has been the subject of a week’s worth of protests by those who claim it is blasphemy. ‘It’s sad and upsetting,’ Chagoya said Wednesday night by phone from California. ‘I’ve never had this kind of violent reaction to my art. Violence doesn’t resolve anything.’”

Kathleen Folden, 56, was identified as the suspect by the cops. She remains in custody on a charge of criminal mischief, a Class 4 felony with a fine of up to $2,000.

Police alleged that the woman entered the museum at about 4 p.m. and stood in front of the exhibit. She broke the plexiglass protecting the image and tore up the artwork by utilizing a crowbar or similar tool.

According to the Denver Post, “Chagoya said the lithograph was one of 30 prints in a limited-edition run. Police said there were reports of gunfire at the museum, but it turned out the noise was due to the banging of the crowbar against the glass.”

Mark Michaels, the art dealer, informed Denver’s 9 News that he witnessed the woman, shouting, “How can you desecrate my Lord?” as she broke into the case. He said he stopped her after she grabbed the artwork.

Michaels told the TV station that, “we were just coming in and were standing at the door and I heard a large – like a thump – and somebody yelled, “oh, no!” And I looked up and I saw a nail-puller-type crowbar slamming the plexiglass case several times until she broke it, “Michaels told the TV station.

As reported by the Denver Post, “Bud Shrank, who assembled the display for the museum – an 82-print exhibit featuring works from 10 artists – released a statement denouncing the attack.”

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written by Kay4me , October 08, 2010

It took a WOMAN with stones to take down Goliath.


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written by Bill Marvel , October 08, 2010

Nice going. She gave the work far more publicity than it deserved.


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written by Greg Kucera , October 08, 2010

The woman is crazy to think she's done a good thing.

She's not doing God's work. She's not a member of your community. She's not serving our constitution.

She's a vandal, a bigot, a narrow minded reactionary, and a criminal.

I hope the Loveland will prosecute her to the fullest extent of the law.

Keep up your courage.

Greg Kucera



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written by 7 , October 09, 2010

This is clearly a case of a clash of artists. The Ms. Folden was making a statement with the crowbar by engaging in performace art,

Chagoya was lucky that he didn't include a similar depiction of Mohammed. He would be a lollypot with the crowbar as the stick.




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