Man has always been fascinated with animals, whether it's to see where he came from, or to see where he's going, after the rest of the farmhands are sound asleep. Stake your claim to some truly primal art, at the MAC's Beasts and Bunnies.
B&B's a group sculpture & mixed media show by four TX artists (Helen Altman, Frances Bagley, Celia Eberle and Margaret Meehan) that explores the relationship between man and all manner of animal, reaching staggeringly awesome-looking conclusions that, whether you get them or not, are a welcome break from Iron Man and Beast, who should just shut his science mouth and punch somebody. Some of the pieces depict recognizable creatures in situations creepy (a hoof-less zebra wearing blinders), cute-then-creepy (an adorable, fuzzy two-headed cat puppet), and simply mesmerizing, as with an explosion of cast-plastic goldfish suspended in distilled water and tethered to the bottom with invisible line -- a pricier piece, but think what you'll save in fish food/guilt over not spending a cent on fish food. Trending towards the bizarre is a pastel of what's best described as a cat-monkey in drag, a footstool-sized pile of black fur studded with fake teeth procured from a traveling dental salesman, and a pair of boxing gloves each embedded with a single glass eye and, again, a set of teeth, which you shouldn't show Mike Tyson...because he hates fake eyes!
Everything within reason's for sale, and if you don't see something you dig, check out the artists' websites for other work, from little white birds nesting on a white pistol, to skulls formed from dried anchovies, to busts of werewolf-like creatures, who you can imagine marauding a field of sheep, only to find a farmer's beat them to it.