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Elaine O'Brien

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Spring 2019 courses:

Art 192B: Senior Seminar in Art History

Art 1C: Modern & Contemporary

Art 112/212: Contemporary Art


For You - Take a Look:

Study Guides & Strategies website

James Baldwin, "The Creative Process"

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


Art F City


The Seen

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

Art History Career

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

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

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist Videos
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:





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Contemporary Art 112/212 Students with artist
Koo Kyung Sook in the University Library Gallery on February 28
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Billionaire reveals two questions he always asks potential hires from CNBC

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Basic Needs Support for Students
If you are experiencing challenges in the area of food and/or stable housing, help is just a click, email or phone call away! Sacramento State offers basic needs support for students who are experiencing challenges in these areas. Please visit our Basic Needs website to learn more about your options and resources available. Basic Needs website

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How to Learn About Contemporary Art / The Art Assignment / PBS




Art 1C student Anjeleah Thao at the Crocker Art Museum with Stephen
Kaltenbach's 1972-79 Portrait of My Father,
acrylic on canvas


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.



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

Office: 190 Kade
ma Hall
Monday 1:30-3 pm; Thursday 10:30 am - 12 pm
and by appointment
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, and the art of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. 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. 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.


Mila, Jamil, and Monica after the Queer Artivism talks - Thank you!

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Mon-Wed, April 15-17: Eric Adjetey Anang will be working at ASL (ART SCULPTURE LAB) and available for students all day and afternoon, likely into the evening, with breaks in between. 

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Koo Kyung Sook: Markings

Sacramento State University Library Gallery
February 7 - May 17, 2019

Reception: Thursday, February 7, 5-8 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9am - 5 pm

More information

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Matt Graves (Latin American & Latina/o Art History) in front of the Diego
Rivera mural, Pan American Unity, at SF City College Ocean campus
For more pictures click here.

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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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