The Hoffman Forum

The Hoffman ForumChallenging Topics. Brilliant Minds. Civil Discourse. 

Upcoming Civil Conversation: NFTs: Changing the Game or Gaming the System?

Thursday, January 27, 2022
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

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About the Next Civil Conversation

The rise of NFTs has sent shock waves into the art market, causing the art world to wonder if this phenomenon is merely a speculative bubble or something more enduring. NFTs have attracted established and new artists with promises of unprecedented sales prices and, given NFT’s underlying blockchain technology, resale royalties and provenance assurances. These guarantees provide artists with new opportunities unavailable from traditional gallery and other secondary market purchase and sale agreements. Artists are also expanding their audiences as NFT marketplaces have introduced new collectors into the primary market and increased demand for contemporary artists’ creative work in this developing medium. This next “Civil Conversation” will address two primary questions:

(1) does the emerging NFT marketplace encourage or facilitate greater access to the primary market for historically underrepresented artists, and
(2) has the emergence of NFTs encouraged visual artists to cross-over into new mediums of creative work?

The program will bring together Vivek Jayaram, Esq. (Founder & President, Jayaram Law) to moderate a conversation among Steve Krause, Esq. (Vice President, Head of Commercial Legal, Dapper Labs), Jen Stark (Fine Artist), and Nicole McGraw (Co-Founder & CCO, Jupiter Group NFTs).

About the Hoffman Forum

The Hoffman Forum is supported by generous gifts from Larry J. Hoffman, J.D. ’54, and Debi Hoffman, J.D. ’83.  Committed to the civil exchange of ideas for the benefit of our university, our community, and the wider world, the Forum provides an annual opportunity to have collaborative and interdisciplinary programs related to issues at the intersection of law, public policy, the arts, and social justice with programming that responds to evolutionary (and, perhaps, even, revolutionary) developments among visual and performing artists and arts institutions as they confront and cope with unexpected new norms and realities. 

Speakers include leaders from the worlds of the arts, sciences, law, politics, entertainment, sports, and business to meet in a structured setting to discuss timely and important issues and unexpected events and opportunities. The Hoffman Forum operates under the Arts Law Track in Miami Law's Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law LL.M. Program. Prior to this, the Hoffman Forum was hosted in collaboration with The Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative/AEFI


4/26/21 CIVIL CONVERSATIONS SERIES: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion – Art Museums & Universities: Similar Goals – Divergent Paths?

Art museums and universities/colleges are vitally important educational institutions in the United States. They, and the society at large, have come to a new awareness of the pressing need to address systemic, ingrained racism and other prejudices that have historically limited access to, participation in, and leadership roles not only in civil society generally but also (and in particularly) the country’s museums & institutions of higher education. This Civil Conversation will address commonalities and differences in the challenges museums and institutions of higher education confront in achieving goals of greater diversity, equity, and broader inclusion in the governance, activities, and roles these organizations play in civil society generally and in their communities. 

Art museums and institutions of higher education differ in their governance, traditions, programs and activities, and many other factors. This Conversation will address how these differing educational organizations might address and make progress on their shared goals of achieving a greater degree of social justice in their own institutions and in the society at large. The unprecedented events of 2020-21 have motivated these educational, tax-exempt organizations’ commitments to: Expand diversity in their governance, professional ranks, programs and activities, and among their stakeholders; assure equitable treatment not only of all members of their communities (professional, administrative, staff, and students/visitors) but also of suppressed artistic and scholarly histories, viewpoints, and expression; and include formerly muted or excluded voices, stakeholders, and the public in all aspects of their organization and operations. An example of this awareness is the establishing at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) of its inaugural Chief Officer for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and at the University of Miami (Miami, FL) of its Law School’s first Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Community and the university’s first Vice-Dean Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Introductory Remarks

Stephen K. Urice, Esq., Professor of Law, Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, and Director, Arts Track, LL.M. Program in Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Law
University of Miami School of Law, Miami, FL

Jill Deupi, Esq., Director and Chief Curator
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, FL


Daniel Weiss, President & Chief Executive Officer
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Mikka Gee Conway, Chief Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Officer and EEO Director
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Osamudia James, Esq., Professor of Law, and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, and Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity, and Community, and Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
University of Miami School of Law and University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL


"DEACCESSIONING IN AMERICAN MUSEUMS TODAY" -  Amid economic fallout resulting from the pandemic, many institutions sell works from their holdings to raise capital. The practice, known as deaccessioning, is both necessary and controversial. This thought-provoking panel discussion on deaccessioning, was part of the inaugural “Civil Conversations Program” and took place on Thursday, November 19, 2020.


Hosted at The Jewish Museum of New York City.


Hosted at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City.

Professor Urice at Hoffman Forum2017 

In 2017 the event was hosted at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City


In 2016 the forum took place at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. (Pictured: members of the Law School, along with artist Emilia Kabakov and Charlie Bergman of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation.)

Participants of first hoffman forum


The first Hoffman Forum was held on October 30, 2015 and hosted by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.  This invitational symposium brought together senior leaders of foundations endowed by visual artists, such as the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, and Joan Mitchell Foundation, and scholarly experts, artists and thoughts leaders to discuss key issues and innovations influencing the field’s charitable impact. The day’s keynote discussion was a conversation among Darren Walker, President, The Ford Foundation; artist and MacArthur Fellow Mark Bradford, co-founder of LA’s Art + Practice Foundation; and Christine Vincent, AEFI Project Director.