ONE MUST KNOW THE ANIMALS
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State St.
Runs through Sunday, August, 19; open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, noon-5 p.m., Fridays noon-8 p.m., Saturdays
10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Gallery talk with curator Richard Axsom Thursday, June 14, 12:30-1 p.m.; talk with Axsom and international animal expert Patricia McConnell Thursday, June 21, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
After a long day, that furry, four-legged friend that offers unconditional love can be a welcome sight.
“Part of their charm is (pets) have no sense of the past. They have no sense of time,” said Madison Museum of Contemporary Art curator Richard Axsom, who owns four dogs and four cats. “They remember who you are, but essentially a dog is in the eternal present. When you come home and you see your animal, they don’t care about a bad day at work, they don’t care about your exam the next day, they just love you.”
That role of best friend is just one facet of the connection between humans and animals explored in MMoCA’s new exhibit, “one must know the animals,” which runs through Sunday, Aug. 19. Animals can be predators and prey, spectacles or sources of humor.