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Painting and Tapestry Now

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Friday, April 16
10:00 a.m. PT
Speaker: John Nava, painter and tapestry designer


Join us for a special guest lecture on the evolution of tapestry design. In 1999 John Nava won a major commission for the new cathedral in Los Angeles. This project led to the development of an innovative process combining traditional oil painting, computer-derived digital images, and modern electronic Jacquard weaving technology to make large-scale tapestries. Working closely with weavers in Belgium, Nava has since produced more public tapestry projects including commissions for USC, Princeton University, and the University of San Diego. Additionally, Nava has also utilized this digital weaving process to make gallery exhibition works addressing social justice issues.

Hear Nava share a survey of his work and his working practice in making tapestries today.


Reserve your spot by clicking on this link. All participants will be sent the Zoom link and instructions via email once you secure your place. Space is limited.

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This lecture is presented as a part of the Guest Lecture Series, which focuses on works of art on view in the Museum as well as topics of interest in the broader art world. Lectures are followed by docent-led virtual tours.

Sponsored by The San Diego Museum of Art Docent Council.


Featured: Drawing mounted on an album page with marbled borders and margins (detail), India, ca. 1600. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper, mounted on an album page. Edwin Binney 3rd Collection. 1990.459.

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April 16, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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