Art museum party gets out of hand

Posted on April 19, 2006 

Art museum party gets out of hand

A party at a US art museum got out of hand after the organisers promised revellers as many martinis as they could drink.

The martini fete at at Milwaukee Art Museum ended with drunk guests passing out, throwing up and clambering over artworks.

One reveller, Kathleen Christians, 39, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “It was crazy. People were shoving people over. People were getting sick, screaming, shouting, messing with the artwork.”

Four young men climbed onto Standing Woman, a tall, bronze sculpture of a goddess-like woman by early 20th-century American artist Gaston Lachaise.

“They were standing on it, grabbing the boobs, and somebody was just taking pictures with a cell phone,” said Laura Collins, 35.

The Martinifest event, organised by local radio station Clear Channel, offered unlimited martinis for the equivalent of about £17.

“Hindsight is 20-20… It was probably too cheap,” Kerry Wolfe, a local programming director for Clear Channel, said .

David Gordon, the museum’s director, said: “It was not an appropriate event to be held in the museum, and we have reviewed our procedures for bookings.”

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from Ananova

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