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Elaine O'Brien

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Fall 2018 Courses:

Art 108: Nineteeth Century

Art 1C: Rococo to the Present

Art 109: Modern Art


James Baldwin, "The Creative Process"

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:




Preview: Robin Rhode in Season 9 of Art21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century" (2018)



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.


Rachel Lapastora, Art 1C student, at the Crocker Art Museum
with Rik Ritchey's Mechanical Drawing: Heartbreak, 2011.
Glass, gold, stainless steel


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




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

Office: 190 Kade
ma Hall
Wednesday 2:30-5 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 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.


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.


Abigail DeVille Listens to History | Art21 "New York Close Up"






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