Watch Now: NFTs - WTF? 4/22/21 @ 5:30PM


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An illuminating program about non-fungible tokens (NFTs)

Join us for an illuminating program about non-fungible tokens (NFTs), blockchain art, and whether such digital objects are advancing the next chapter of Conceptual Art, or not. Nora Burnett Abrams, Mark G. Falcone Director of MCA Denver, and Amy Whitaker, a leading blockchain researcher and Assistant Professor in visual arts administration at New York University’s Steinhardt School, will address (briefly) the history of NFTs and how the NFT phenomenon has the potential to readdress artistic production, ownership and collecting, and audience engagement with art. To what extent are NFTs reimagining Conceptual Art, reigniting the art market boom of the 1980s, and/or just disrupting the field of contemporary art through technological innovation? The public conversation is free and open to the public.


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Amy Whitaker is a leading blockchain researcher in the arts and assistant professor in visual arts administration at New York University’s Steinhardt School. Her research explores the frictions between art and markets and proposes pioneering systems of economic support for artists using fractional equity and blockchain. Her academic papers have appeared in major journals such as Management Science and the International Journal of Cultural Policy. Her work on Equity for Artists was a finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Competition. Her research has been cited in the Financial Times, Time Magazine, Fast Company, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Harper’s, and many others. She the author of three books including Museum Legs, Art Thinking, and the forthcoming Economics of Visual Art. She holds an MBA from Yale and an MFA from University College London. She has worked on blockchain as an advisor to the company Bitmark since 2014. Her profile of Stuart Haber and Scott Stornetta, the researchers whose 1991 paper is cited in the Bitcoin white paper, was published in the Wall Street Journal.

Nora Burnett Abrams is the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver Mark G. Falcone Director. Prior to this role, she was the museum’s chief curator, responsible for its exhibition program and special artists’ projects. Her career began at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she worked on the Sol LeWitt on the Roof and Robert Rauschenberg: Combines exhibitions. Since arriving in Denver in 2010, she has organized over 35 exhibitions and authored or contributed over a dozen accompanying publications. Recent projects highlighting unusual or unknown episodes in artists’ careers, including Francesca Woodman: Portrait of a Reputation (2019), Basquiat Before Basquiat (2017), as well as the first survey of Senga Nengudi’s R.S.V.P. sculptures (2014). She has taught at New York University and lectured throughout the country on contemporary art. She holds art history degrees from Stanford University (B.A.), Columbia University (M.A.), and a Ph.D. from the New York University Institute of Fine Arts.