Who We Are

Here are your 2020-2021 H.ART Board Members!

Fae Gonzalez-Moosa

they/them; he/him, graduating Fall 2020,

In English, the Romantic period—or at most what is referred to by the period designation—fascinates Fae; in History of Art, both Ancient and Contemporary art in the Middle Eastern and Hellenistic regions likewise fascinate them. Fae believes that popular cultures and experiences from them are meaningful despite the absence of an immediate presence of authority like institutionality, and furthermore that daily experiences are integral to understanding what is happening.

Fae particularly enjoys discussions about Digital objects and Queer/Trans studies, so contact Fae: to say oy! ♡, to engage with queer/trans as well as video games/digitality/all-things-virtual, to informally play with theories and the consequential rifts between disciplines and between common exchanges, to talk about experiences and unknowns, and to feel joy and voyage without determination!!!

Sam McGinnis

she/they, junior, global contemporary art

Sam is a third year student majoring in art history and comparative literature. They’re primarily interested in contemporary queer and trans artists, questions of decolonization, and art’s role in political protest and activism. Outside of art history, they focus on French and English literatures. They have been working as a research apprentice for three terms through the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program. This semester, they are a facilitator for HISTART 198: Decolonizing Art History and the editor of H.ART’s newsletter.

See Sam for: global modern and contemporary art, double major questions, History of Art URAP applications

2019-2020 H.ART Board Members

Jamie Danis

President

Jamie is a fourth year student majoring in History of Art, focusing on post-war American modern art, Eastern European modern art, curatorial studies, and museum administration. Her Honors Thesis, completed in Spring 2019, addressed American artist Cy Twombly’s engagement with classical antiquity, as facilitated through his reading of eighteenth-century art historians.
Jamie is currently a tour guide at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and spent the summer as a Curatorial Intern at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, working on the upcoming Joan Mitchell retrospective. Through a year-long graduate seminar, she additionally co-curated About Things Loved: Blackness and Belonging at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She previously spent a year abroad in Paris, during which time she was a docent at the Musée du Louvre and interned at the Mona Bismarck American Center, where she curated an exhibition for the Journées Européennes du Patrimoine, developed related tours, and established an ongoing educational program in partnership with the Centre Pompidou. She has also interned at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and she conducted independent study on-site in Central and Eastern Europe in summer 2017.

See Jamie for: modern and contemporary art, study abroad, curating, and museum education and outreach.

Laetitia Coustar

Graphic Designer

Laetitia is a fourth year student majoring in the History of Art and Economics. Her long-term goal is to one day open her own art gallery to sell non-western contemporary art, where a chunk of the profits will go back to the country of the artists’ background. She is additionally majoring in economics to facilitate the knowledge required to enter the world of art consulting.
Laetitia is currently part of Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive Student Committee as Socials Chair, which hosts events to bridge UC Berkeley’s art museum with university students and the wider community. Additionally, she is interning at the Worth Ryder Art Gallery as a preparator. In the past, she has also held positions as the Co-Chair and Marketing Chair for BAMPFA Student Committee and as the Publicity Director for the Worth Ryder Art Gallery. This past summer, she has interned at Street Art House, a pop-up street art gallery that is owned and operated by a street art consulting firm. She has also interned at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California under the Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Program as a Collections Management Intern during the summer of 2017.

See Laetitia for: non-Western contemporary art, preparator work, marketing, collection management, art dealing and trading

Michelle Kwhak

Social Media Director

Michelle is a fourth year student majoring in History of Art, with an interest on global modern and contemporary art. She is especially interested in post-colonial theory and the pressures politics exerts on artistic form and the art market.

Michelle has studied abroad in Florence, Italy to finally see the works of her favorite artists of the High Renaissance period like: Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Bernini just to name a few! She has also translated for docent tours from Korean to English at the Nam June Paik Art Center in Yong-in, South Korea. Currently, she is co-curating When all that is Solid Melts into Air: Exploring the Intersection of the Folk and the Modern in Post-Colonial India with her peers in a seminar. She is also looking forward to see a close community of UC Berkeley Art History majors form through H.Art!

See Michelle for: East Asian art, Non-Western art, Korean art, Global Modern and Contemporary art.

Samantha McGinnis

Internal Affairs Director

Sam is a second year student majoring in the History of Art and Political Science. She’s primarily interested in global modern and Sam is a second year student majoring in the History of Art and Political Science. She’s primarily interested in global modern and contemporary art and the ways in which art is situated within specific national and transnational political contexts, as well used as a form of protest under repressive conditions. In addition to H.Art, she is currently working as an undergraduate research apprentice in the history of art department and volunteers at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in her spare time. She’s also planning her semester abroad in Paris for Fall 2020. 

See Sam for: global modern and contemporary art, double major questions, History of Art URAP

Helen Pinto

External Affairs Director

Helen is a Junior transfer student majoring in American Studies with a focus on American art. Helen was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and is of Honduran descent. Before settling down in San Francisco four years ago, Helen lived in Milan, Rome, Shenzhen, and Toronto. She is a native speaker of both English and Spanish and speaks Italian at an advanced level. This past summer Helen was a participant of the Mellon Summer Academy at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she had the opportunity to take an insider’s look into the many departments that make up a museum. At LACMA, Helen co-curated and presented a virtual exhibition featuring photographs from the Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection.
Helen currently working on a resolution to commit City College of San Francisco to land acknowledgement practices at public meetings and gatherings. This effort goes in hand with Helen’s focus on decolonizing and indigenizing museums as well as other spaces. She has great interest in exploring how to help people have better engagement with works of art and has completed coursework in Ancient Art and Architecture of Latin America, Asian Art History, Women in Art History and Museum Studies. Helen is also interested in transculturation as well as the many diasporas and experiences that come to make up a culture, especially an American one. Helen is currently participating in the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program in the Art History department. Helen holds an associate degree in Ethnic Studies and received certificates of achievement in Diversity and Social Justice as well as Latino/a Studies.

See Helen for: foreign languages ( Italian and Spanish), living abroad, Latin American art history, Bay area muralism, diversity and social justice.

Morgan Yanni

Secretary

Fae Gonzalez-Moosa

Treasurer

Fae attends Cal as a senior undergraduate. Originally, they intended to acquire degrees in Mathematics and Economics. Although they enrolled in English and History of Art classes as breadth, Fae encountered a passion for the two disciplines. Fae then changed their two intended majors to English and History of Art.

In English, the Romantic period—or at most what is referred to by the period designation—fascinates Fae; in History of Art, both Ancient and Contemporary art likewise fascinate them. Fae believes that popular cultures and experiences from them are meaningful despite the absence of an immediate presence of authority like institutionality, and furthermore that daily experiences are integral to understanding what is happening. 

Fae particularly enjoys discussions about Digital objects and Trans studies, so contact Fae: to say oy!, to engage with trans as well as video games/anime/all-things-virtual, to informally play with theories and the consequential rifts between disciplines and between common exchanges, to talk about experiences and unknowns, and to feel joy and voyage without determination!!!

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