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Elaine O'Brien 2014

Fall 2014 Courses:

Art 1C: Rococo to the Present

Art 109: Modern Art: See revisions

Art 116: Topics Seminar on Regional Art in the 1960s & '70s


Student Health and Counseling Services at the Well

How to Visit an Art Museum

The Art Assignment


Art Fag City

Centre for the Aesthetic Revolution


Open Space (SFMoMA blog)



Writing an Exhibition Review

Getty archive portal

Google Art Project

Lesley Stein's term paper

Hollie Trudeau's Art 109 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:



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Talia and Saemoni after the Film Screening of Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists, Thursday night, December 4
Post-Screening Discussion with Suzanne Adan, Irving Marcus and Mike Stevens
Film Trailer: click here

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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 keynote address at the NORDIK 2015 art history conference, Mapping Uncharted Territories, in Rekyavik, Iceland titled "Towards a Global Regionalism: Art History at the Crossroads."


Towards a Global Regionalism: Art History at the Crossroads

Art 1C student, Kendal Geist, at the Crocker Art Museum with an acrylic on panel painting by Albert Contreras, 2010. "I chose this artwork because when I first laid eyes on it, I fell in love with the brightness."

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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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See the Crocker Art Museum Exhibition:
Our America: The Latino Presence
in American Art

SEPTEMBER 21 - January 11, 2015

Luis Jiménez, Man on Fire, 1969, fiberglass in acrylic
urethane resin on painted fiberboard base
, 106x80x29 in.






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