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Lunchtime Looks: Sam Hensley

Artwork of man looking at hanging silks

The Art Museum of West Virginia University’s Lunchtime Looks lecture series will continue Friday November 5, 2021 at 12 p.m. with speaker Sam Hensley.

Hensley is a junior Art History student at WVU and he spent the summer working at the Museum as the inaugural Jacknowitz Summer Intern. His undergraduate research focuses on the artwork and mythology of the Pre-Columbian Americas, particularly that of the Maya and the Moche culture of modern-day Peru. He plans to continue in the Pre-Columbian field in graduate school, while also exploring East Asian art and the international context of Modern and Contemporary art. 

Hensley’s talk will focus on Robert Rauschenberg’s “ Study for Chinese Summerhall” photograph series, part of the Museum’s Rauschenberg in China exhibition, and will consider the cross-cultural context of the works as well as their placement and significance within Postmodern art developments. He will also discuss his summer experiences working at the Museum and the ways in which they continue to benefit him as an art historian and student."

Lunchtime Looks will be held in person but a live Zoom feed is available at . If you wish to participate virtually, a live Zoom feed will be available at

The Art Museum of WVU is located at 20 Fine Arts Drive on the Evansdale campus in Morgantown, West Virginia, next to the  Canady Creative Arts Center. Take Patteson Drive (705) to Morrill Way to find parking and the museum entrance.  

Parking is available in short-term lots ST-1 and ST-9, with pay stations, one located near Patteson Drive and the other near the Evansdale Crossing building.

Visitors to the museum may park in Short Term Lot 1 (ST-1) or Short Term Lot 9 (ST-9). Between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., the fee for Lot 1 is $.50/hr and Lot 9 is $1.25/hr. ADA accessible parking is available at the bottom of the driveway adjacent the museum’s entrance. Parking here is free.

For more information about the Lunchtime Looks program or other upcoming events, contact the Art Museum of WVU at (304) 293-7790


Image Credit:

Robert Rauschenberg (1925 –2008)

Study for Chinese Summerhall (Hanging Silk) , 1983

Chromogenic print

Published by Graphicstudio, University of South Florida Collection

Version 2 (short)