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Elaine O'Brien

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Spring 2015 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: Mapping Uncharted Territories, Reykjavík, Iceland (May). O'Brien's paper is titled, "Towards a Global Regionalism: Art History at the Crossroads"


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




How to Write an Exhibition Review

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

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:


Lecture by photographer and Sac State alum Mark Lanning
on his post-grad work to date, publishing & bookmaking, and other issues in contemporary photography.
Saturday, April 18, 3pm, Artspace1616, 1616 Del Paso Boulevard, Sacramento 95815. Free and open to the public
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Art 1C student Dannmille Baquir at the Crocker with Andreas Nottebohm's 2005 aluminum sculpture, KNI72. "The piece of art looked as if someone took out a chunk of the ocean and transformed that piece into aluminum.... The holographic spatial effects changed depending on where and how I positioned myself while examining the piece."

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Contemporary Art student, Arleen Simbe
with Ellen Van Fleet's The Bowerbird's Sister,
part of the LUMPEN installation now on view in the
Robert Else Gallery, Kadema Hall

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Show at the State Fair!

May 6 deadline. Click here for the competition handbook.

Art 1C student, Megan Tedrow, with Progress II by Luis Jimenez, 1976. The medium is fiberglass, resin, and acrylic paints. "It looks like they literally just leaped straight out of hell, with their dark colors and glowing red eyes, and the great sense of motion.... Thanks to the large size, the unique and dark color palette, and the powerful hellish figures, this was my favorite modern artwork at the Crocker.

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."

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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.

Julia Couzens, Ellen Van Fleet, and Elaine O'Brien discussing the artists' installation, LUMPEN, now on view in the Robert Else Gallery, Kadema Hall

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Schedule of Spring 2015 Art Department Events

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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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