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Elaine O'Brien

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Fall 2017 Courses:

Art 206: Art Theory & Criticism

Art 116: Topics in Modern & Contemporary Art: Circa 1970: Art in Greater Sacramento


How to write a visual analysis of painting, sculpture, and architecture

Writing Center

Student Health and Counseling Services at the Well

Sac State Art History Facebook Page

How to Visit an Art Museum

The Art Assignment


Centre for the Aesthetic Revolution




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
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)
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:




Art History 116 Seminar Students with guest speaker, Xico Gonzalez



"Raising 11 children while wrestling with gender bias, union defeat and victory, and nearly dying after a San Francisco Police beating, Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions to co-found the country's first farmworkers union."


Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Opens October 9
For information about exhibition and related events, see press release

Ruth Rippon (center) teaching majolica techniques to students at Sac State, circa 1960

Guerrilla Girls: Not Ready To Make Nice
Verge Center for the Arts, opens September 7th





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

Office: 190 Kade
ma Hall
Tu-Th 3-4pm; Th 12-1pm 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.



Selected Works from the Sacramento
State Art Collection

A catalog researched, written, photographed, and
designed by Sac State Art History students.

View free online or purchase the latest edition
at (It might take a few minutes to load.)


Rebekah Askew, Art 1C student, at the Crocker with Jennifer
's Rapunzel #10, video projection, 2006. "We're
not allowed to touch any of the art but it's cool that I literally
made myself a part of this art."

Yer Thao, Art 1C student, with Judy Chicago's Test Plate for
Hatshepsut, Great Pharoh of Egypt
, 1977-78, ceramic." The
second reason why this piece captured my attention was because
of the documentary we watched in class ... featuring Judy Chicago."


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