The Story of NFTs


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Amy Whitaker is a leading blockchain researcher in the arts and associate 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 TimesTime MagazineFast CompanyThe AtlanticThe GuardianHarper’s, and many others. She is the author of three books prior including Museum LegsArt Thinking, and Economics of Visual Art. 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. In 2022, she wrote a blockchain primer for the Art Basel Market Report.


Nora Burnett Abrams is the Mark G. Falcone Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Her career began in New York City at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Grey Art Gallery at NYU. Since arriving in Denver in 2010, she has organized over 40 exhibitions and authored or contributed to over a dozen accompanying publications. Recent projects highlighted unusual or unknown episodes in artists’ careers such as Basquiat Before Basquiat (2017), as well as the first survey of Senga Nengudi’s R.S.V.P. sculptures (2014). Her most recent projects included a retrospective of artist Tara Donovan (2018) and a focused presentation of never-before-seen photographs and ephemera by Francesca Woodman (2019). She has taught art history at New York University and lectured throughout the country on modern and contemporary art. She holds art history degrees from Stanford University (B.A.), Columbia University (M.A.), and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.