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Elaine O'Brien

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Fall 2015 Courses:

Art 1C: Rococo to the Present

Art 109: Modern Art (See Syllabus Revisions!)

Art 206: Graduate Theory Seminar


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Hollie Trudeau's term paper

Art Historians in Pop Culture: films, novels, TV

Metropolitan Museum Timeline of Art History

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits

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Sac State Art History curriculum

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Chicago manual of style online quick guide

Writing the Art History Paper (Dartmouth)
How to Write an Exhibition Review

Art History Career

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Reading, Writing, and Researching Guide for College Students

Peer Review checklist for research papers

Web Gallery of Art

Free Art Videos:
Uncertainty, Modernity and Art (must be logged in to library services)
Interview of Wangechi Mutu
Interview of Mariko Mori
Art Through Time: A Global View

Art of the Western World

High definition images of paintings in the Louvre

Art:21 artist videos

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Lecture by Sara E. Cole
"Graeco-Egyptian Artistic Hybridization in
Ptolemaic Egypt (ca. 323 - 30 BC)"
December 3, 2015, 6-7pm
University Library Annex Gallery
Sacramento State
 “Tech Tats” Turn Wearable Devices into Cyberpunk Body Art
Click >here for more information.

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Art 1C Student, Jenna Matyac, at the Crocker with Al Farrow's Skull Fragment of Heilige Krieg, 1996, steel, gun parts, bullets, casting resin, bone, fragment of Berlin Wall and Nazi gas valve.
"This was the piece that intrigued me because there is so much history incorporated into the piece. Al Farrow used a different medium that a viewer might find shocking, he would use guns, bullets and bones to make churches, synagogues and other religious items.... This piece was very intriguing and thought provoking because Al Farrow wanted to incorporate the painful history behind religion today. "

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"Lenin, I Am Your Father: Darth Vader Engulfs
Ukrainian Communist Statue (and Brings Free Wifi)"

What happens to art that served power?
Read this short and engaging Hyperallergic article by Claire Voon here

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For a Slide Show of Spring 2015 Art 1C Students at the Crocker, Click Here

Elaine O'Brien Ph.D.
Professor of Modern & Contemporary Art

Office: 190 Kade
ma Hall
Wednesday 12-2 pm & 6-7 pm, and by appt.
Phone: 916 278 5704
Mailing address:
Sacramento State University

6000 J Street
Sacramento,CA 95819-6061

Professor O'Brien offers a sequence of undergraduate and graduate courses in theory and criticism, the art of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, and a survey of Latin American and Latina/o art. Dr. O’Brien has lectured locally, nationally and internationally on global feminisms, global modernisms, and the work of under-represented artists. She was the lead editor of the 2012 anthology textbook, Modern Art in Africa, Asia, and Latin America: An Introduction to Global Modernisms, published by Wiley Blackwell and distributed internationally. Elaine’s current research project situates art produced and taught in California’s new public university art departments in the 1960s and ‘70s within the global and local context of that era’s sociopolitical revolutions: a theme that will be explored in her 2015 CAA session titled: Patron of Diversity: The Golden State, the People’s University and the ‘Rise of the Rest.’ In May, 2015, she is presenting a lecture at the NORDIK 2015 art history conference, Mapping Uncharted Territories, in Rekyavik, Iceland titled "Towards a Global Regionalism: Art History at the Crossroads."

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Art 1C student, Long Lor, with Rutherford Vineyard, by Gregory Kondos, 1989, oil on canvas. "The true subjects ... of this art are grapevines and shadows, which occupy four-fifths of the composition. It's my favorite the moment I saw this art for a reason. It reminds me back when I was in Thailand. "

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Click here for PDF Schedule of Fall 2015 Art Department Events
(Extra Credit Opportunities)

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Selected Works from the Sacramento
State Art Collection

A catalog researched, written, photographed, and
designed by Sac State Art History students.
(view it free online here)

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Art History major, Arleen Simbe
with Ellen Van Fleet's
The Bowerbird's Sister
on view in the LUMPEN installation, Robert Else Gallery, Kadema Hall, last semester






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