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Elaine O'Brien

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Spring Semester 2021 Syllabi

Art 112: Contemporary Art

Art 108: Nineteenth Century Art


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

Hours: Wednesdays 1-3 pm
or email for an appointment



CARES (Crisis Assistance & Resource Education Support) can help with counseling, housing, food and financial assistance--all resources especially needed at this time.

Writing Center

Student Health and Counseling Services at the Well

Sac State Art History Facebook Page

Contemporary Art Blogs:

YBCA ZINE (Yerba Buena Center for Arts)

Artforum News


Art F City

Squarecylinder (Northern CA)

The Seen (Chicago)

Centre for the Aesthetic Revolution




Art History Sources:

How to Visit an Art Museum

The Art Assignment


Getty archive portal

Google Art Project
James Baldwin, "The Creative Process"

Hollie Trudeau's term paper

Art Historians in Pop Culture: films, novels, TV

Metropolitan Museum Timeline of Art History
Metropolitan Museum of Art resources

Chicago manual of style online quick guide
How to Write an Exhibition Review
How to write a visual analysis of painting, sculpture, and architecture

Art History Career Information

Looking for a job? Read: How to Write a Perfect Cover Letter

Resources in Art History for students

Peer Review checklist for research papers

Web Gallery of Art
(European Art 3rd-19th C)

High definition images of paintings in the Louvre

Artist Videos:

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist Videos

Art:21 artist videos

Regional Art Museum & Galleries:

Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum

Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco






 See my YouTube playlist for more contemporary art videos.


March 5 Frank LaPena tribute lecture in the University Library Annex Gallery
by Spencer Keeton Cunningham & Richard Bluecloud Castaneda

Update on Canadian pipeline protests: New video by Spencer Keeton Cunningham


Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983

Cliff Joseph, Blackboard, 1969


Vincent Van Gogh, Dr. Gachet, 1890, sold as degenerate art
by the Nazis in 1937, auctioned in 1990 for $82 million to a
Japanese businessman and not seen since.

Curious? Listen to Finding Van Gogh podcasts, click here



Click image to watch a 20-minute clip showing
the making and installing of The Dinner Party at
in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1979.
100,000 people saw the installation
during the 3-months it was on view.








Sydney Biennale 2020, installation view
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Will the Pandemic Profoundly Change the Art World?
Paul Gladston says yes. Read:
The End of the Art World as We Know It



Kehinde Wiley, Rumors of War, 2019, 19th-century style equestrian statue of
a young African-American man on display now in Times Square, NYC. It was commissioned by the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond, which has ten such public statues of Confederate generals on Monument Avenue. Rumors of War will be displayed with them. For more information, click here.



Selected Works from the Sacramento
State Art Collection

View free online
(Click "preview" and expand to page through
the entire catalog.)

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








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