The Hoffman Forum

The Hoffman ForumChallenging Topics. Brilliant Minds. Civil Discourse. 

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



"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.