Monday’s Art Notes

BY Arts Desk  January 25, 2010 at 10:16 AM EDT

A visitor looks at the painting 'The Sensorium' by American artist Walton Ford at the Hamburger Bahnhof Gallery in Berlin. Photo by Michael Gottschalk/ AFP/ Getty Images

A visitor looks at the painting ‘The Sensorium’ by American artist Walton Ford at the Hamburger Bahnhof Gallery in Berlin. Ford’s large-format animal paintings can be seen during an exhibition in Berlin till May 24, 2010. Photo by Michael Gottschalk/ AFP/ Getty Images

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A Picasso painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art had a too-close encounter with a visitor last Friday. A woman taking an art class at the museum lost her balance and fell into ‘The Actor,’ tearing a six-inch hole in the canvas. The Museum says it will be repaired in time for an upcoming show, “Picasso in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”

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As relief efforts continue in Haiti, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times both have assessments of the cultural impact of the disaster on the island.

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Interactive theater, as imagined by the American Repertory Theater, is a big hit in Boston. Creative re-takes of classics like “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “MacBeth” turn audience members into participants.

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To text during a performance or not to text? Terry Teachout had this commentary on a different kind of interactive art experience.