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

Art 116, Fall 2017
Tuesday 1:30 pm-4:20 pm
Brighton Hall 208

Professor: Elaine O'Brien Ph.D.
Office: Kadema 190
Hours: TTh 4:30 pm-6 pm
Email: eobrien@csus.edu

Course Description:
This seminar focuses on the art produced by faculty and student artists associated with UC Davis and Sacramento State loosely between 1965 and 1975: a transformative decade in this region, as it was everywhere. The historically significant art of this time responds to and is part of the paradigm shift that occurred after the Age of Europe (c. 1492-1945) when world culture turned away from the modern toward the postmodern, from the hegemony of exclusive Euro-American modernism to the inclusive, global postmodernism of contemporary art. Readings focus on artists in the Sacramento-Davis-Folsom area whose work is at the forefront of world art in the sixties and seventies. We consider social and political situations, as radical here as everywhere: the impact of the Civil Rights and Free Speech movements, and the new art departments at Sac State and UC Davis as patrons of the art we study. The seminar hosts artists and art professionals and takes field trips to the Crocker Museum of Art in Sacramento and the Di Rosa Collection in Napa to see the art in person. The seminar research paper is a catalog entry for the Sacramento State Art Collection website http://csus.edu/art/artcollection/ and the collection catalog, Selected Works from the Sacramento State University Art Collection, which is available for purchase on BLURB.com

*NOTE: On Friday, November 10, the class will visit and take a docent-led tour of the Di Rosa Collection in Napa http://www.dirosaart.org/. This is a required, all-day class trip that makes up for two seminar sessions. Please talk to me right away if you cannot go on November 10.

Course Prerequisites: Upper-division or graduate status; completion of the University’s Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement; completion of Art 1B, Art 1C or equivalent; and an upper-division course in a related subject area or instructor’s permission.






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