Berit Potter

Visiting Faculty
History and Theory of Contemporary Art and MA Faculty

Berit Potter, PhD received her master’s and doctorate in History of Art from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University and MA in Museum Studies from the Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University. She has held positions in several art institutions including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art. Her research examines modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on art of the Americas, and engages with the politics of display. Her current project analyzes the career of SFMOMA’s first director Grace McCann Morley, particularly Morley’s impact on the development of modern art in California and role as an early advocate for global perspectives in the study of contemporary art.


  • MA/PhD, History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2015
  • MA, Museum Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University, 2006
  • BA, Double Major in Psychology and the History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2004