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Elaine O'Brien

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Spring 2016 Courses:

Art 1C: Rococo to the Present

Art 112/212: Contemporary Art

Art 111: Latin American & Latina/o Art

O'Brien will be participating in two upcoming art history conferences:

Chairing the session, "Pacific Standard Time North: San Francisco Art, 1960-1980,"
at the College Art Association conference in Washington, DC, February, 2016

Presenting the paper, "Rooted and Routed: the Worlding of Contemporary Indigenous Art," at the 34th Congress of the Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art (CIHA) in Beijing, September, 2016



Art Department Calendar of Events
Spring 2016

Writing Center
"drop-in only” hours have been expanded to Monday - Thursday, 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Student Health and Counseling Services at the Well

Sac State Art Hist
ory on Facebook

How to Visit an Art Museum

The Art Assignment


Centre for the Aesthetic Revolution




Getty archive portal

Google Art Project
NEW! The virtual Codex Mendoza

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
How to Write an Exhibition Review

Art History Career

Resources in Art History for students

Reading, Writing, and Researching Guide for College Students:
Predatory Reading!

Peer Review checklist for research papers

Web Gallery of Art

Guns, Germs and Steel
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:




Artist Araceli Espinoza listens to a question from Isabel Del Castillo about Espinoza's Witt gallery exhibition, Liberation en Nuestra Resistencia: Recent Work by Araceli Espinoza. [With Jennifer Castillo and Marguerite Boatwright and all of the students in Latin American and Latina/o Art 111 not shown in this picture.]

Waiting for the 2016 Art History Symposium to begin. Photo by Christian Baltazar


Brittni Plavala in Tammy Helensky's installation, Secrets, in
the Witt Gallery, Kadema Hall. Photo by Eric Lara

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Everything in Between / Morehshin Allahyari

April 14th - May 22nd, 2016

Verge Center for the Arts
625 S Street, Sacramento

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 14th, 6pm - 9pm
Artist talk: Thursday, April 21st, 6pm ($5 Suggested Donation)
For information, click here



Ai Weiwei - Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads

On view now at the Crocker Art Museum

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Did you miss the artists' talk on January 27th?
Listen to the audio recording
Pump Up The Volume!
artists Jane Dickson and Joe Lewis talk about the origins of hip hop in the South Bronx NYC and their work as founders of Fashion Moda, the pioneering community art space, in the late 'seventies and 'eighties.


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

Office: 190 Kade
ma Hall
Tuesday 6-7 pm, Thursday 11 am-1 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 is the editor of the  anthology, Modern Art in Africa, Asia, and Latin America: An Introduction to Global Modernisms, published by Wiley Blackwell in 2014 and distributed internationally. Elaine’s current research project situates art produced in Northern California in the 1960s and ‘70s within the global and local context of that era’s sociopolitical revolutions and paradigm shift from the modern to the postmodern.


Sac State Alumna, Franceska Gamez, Art Hotel artist, and Seumas Coutts, Art Hotel
organizer, speaking about "Art Hotel Aftershock" last Thursday night in Mariposa 1000.
Photo by Frida Berntson

Mike Casey at the Crocker Art Museum with Orange, Yellow, Green
by Kara Maria, 1999


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Congratulations to the 2016 Art Student Award winners!

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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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