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Elaine O'Brien

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Fall 2014 Courses:

Art 1C: Rococo to the Present

Art 112/212: Contemporary Art

Art 192B: Senior Seminar in Art History

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Professor O'Brien will be presenting papers and chairing a session at two Art History conferences this semester.
* College Art Association in New York City (February): Session Chair:
"Patron of Diversity: The Golden State, the People’s University, and the “Rise of the Rest”; Paper: "The Tenured Shaman: Frank LaPena and the California Indian Renaissance"
* Nordik 2015 in Reykjavík, Iceland (May) Paper: "Towards a Global Regionalism: Art History at the Crossroads"


Student Health and Counseling Services at the Well

How to Visit an Art Museum

The Art Assignment


Centre for the Aesthetic Revolution




How to Write an Exhibition Review

Getty archive portal

Google Art Project

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

For fun: Vik Muniz on TED

Student Survey form

Sac State Art History curriculum

Art history sources

Metropolitan Museum of Art resources

Chicago manual of style online quick guide

Writing the Art History Paper (Dartmouth)

Art History Career

Resources in Art History for students

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

Regional Art Museum Websites:


Schedule of Art Department Events: student and professional exhibitions, art lectures and more

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Talia Rucker and Saemoni Butler after the film screening of Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, Thursday night, December 4, listening to artist discussants Suzanne Adan, Irving Marcus and Mike Stevens / Film Trailer: click here

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Click here for Sac State Art History on Facebook

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

Office: 190 Kadema
Hours: TuTh 3-4, W 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."


Art 1C student, Antony Marshall, at the Crocker Art Museum with an acrylic on panel painting by Albert Contreras, 2010. "Upon seeing it I was immediately drawn to the levels of detail . . . . It went from a flat matte layer to something more shiny and clumped down near the bottom. Upon further inspection of the informational tag I found the piece was made entirely of graphite."

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@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

On view: Through April 26, 2015

Hours: Open daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

Admission: Adult and Junior (12–61): $30; Child (5–11): $18.25; Senior (62+): $28.25; Family (2 adults + 2 children): $90.25; Children 4 and under: Free

At: Alcatraz Island

Tickets are available from Alcatraz Cruises up to three months in advance. Early Bird exhibition tickets and special guided tours are available via the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

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Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento

January 10 - March 13
Click here for scheduled programs

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Crocker Art Museum Exhibition:

Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne:
Paris 1880–1910

FEBRUARY 1 – APRIL 26, 2015

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901), Le Divan Japonais, 1892/93. Color lithograph, 31 x 23 3/8 inches. Gemeentemuseum, The Hague.






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