Dr Robert J. Wallis

Dr. Robert J. Wallis to deliver The Alfred Levitt Memorial Lecture on Prehistoric Art at the University of Mary Washington

Dr. Robert J. Wallis will deliver The Alfred Levitt Memorial Lecture on Prehistoric Art at the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, on 1 February 2016. Entitled ‘Art and Shamanism, from Cave Painting to the White Cube’, this public lecture will introduce aspects of Wallis’ research critically examining the representation of art and shamanism as timeless, universal features of human experience with an apparently immutable relationship from prehistory to the present. In this lecture Wallis focusses on how the history of thinking on prehistoric cave art has contributed to the entanglement of the terms shamanism and art, and the impact of this presumed affinity on how certain contemporary artists are presented as ‘shamans’ today.

Following his lecture at UMW, Wallis will attend the College Art Association Conference in Washington, D.C., 3-6 February, where he will meet prospective students and host a reunion for alumni from the MA in Art History and Visual Culture, and MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating, on Fri 5 February. Prospective students and alumni interested in meeting Dr Wallis can contact him directly, wallisr@richmond.ac.uk.

Dr. Robert J. Wallis is Professor of Visual Culture, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Programmes and Convenor of the MA in Art History and Visual Culture in the School of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences, at Richmond.
MA VAM student visit to Agnes Martin exhibition, led by Dr Robert Wallis, Tate Modern, Mon 28 Sep: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/agnes-martin