Michele Monseau — artist, Palo Alto College art instructor, and Contemporary Art Month board member — is this month’s featured artist in the McNay’s “Artists Looking at Art” reception-and-chitchat series. Monseau’s presentation was supposed to happen last Thursday, but a small electrical fire at the venerable museum postponed it. “I’m not sure how bad it was, but they turned me away before I could park,” Monseau laughs. She’ll be showing what most video artists refer to as a two-channel installation, but what Monseau herself prefers to call a “diptych,” in the vein of painting. Her diptych, entitled “swingsong (purplerain)” will be screened and discussed in the Octagon where, Monseau says, “Serendipitously, Woody Gwyn’s painting will be directly across from it, and the two pieces share a lot of formal elements — the curvature of the sky, ground, horizon line.” Monseau’s recent work magnifies her fascination with landscape and the natural world; whereas previous installations focused on — or at least included — the figure, “swingsong” promises to examine the physical world of which the body is a part. Free, 6 p.m. wine reception; 6:30 p.m. talk, the McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels, mcnayart.org
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