One of the largest tapestries in the collection, Modern Tapestry (1976) is located on the first floor of the Arts Building, in the corridor which leads into the Leacock Building. Produced by Roy Lichtenstein (1923-97), the New York-born artist known for combining comic book style and pop culture, Modern Tapestry is reflective of the pop art style that made Lictenstein a household name in the twentieth century. This work was a gift from Regina Slatkin, a McGill graduate who became an important art dealer and scholar of drawings.
Typically, modern tapestries are designed by an artist and then woven by textile artists. McGill’s Visual Arts Collection includes numerous other tapestries that were produced mostly in the 1960s and 1970s, during when textile art was quite popular.