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While the upcoming Depravities of War exhibit at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Uptown will no doubt be moving, disturbing and powerful, it is also an art exhibit about, well, the depravities of war. With the death and the rape and the pillaging and what-have-you. Which is why I've decided to alternate facts about the exhibit with facts about kittens. The Depravities exhibit is a take on the 17th-century "Miseries of War" by Jacques Callot, which inspired Goya's "Disasters of War" in the 19th century. Kittens open their eyes seven to ten days after being born. Sandow Birk's Depravities are a series of woodblock prints with titles like "Degradation," featuring concentration camp-like scenes of violent death and war crimes. Kittens' peak social play development stage comes three to four months after birth, during which time the furry balls of love pounce and romp with their littermates, of which there are typically four to six. The depravities of war generally can be seen worldwide, but The Depravities of War exhibit runs Saturday through April 10 at the MAC, 3120 McKinney Ave. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $4 to $5. Visit
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: March 6. Continues through April 10, 2010


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