Bad Art Presents Touch Me Baby
If you see the barriers and alarms that separate you from the art at galleries as a personal affront, this exhibition is for you. Get all close and personal with artwork at this interactive exhibit, featuring pieces by both emerging and well-known artists. Not only is touching allowed, but it's encouraged, heck, they're even telling you to give it a lil' lick if you so desire - but remember it's flu season, and not everybody washes their hands after a trip to the loo (if that's you, we're judgin').
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