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NFT Mania: The Future of Art or Venture-Backed Experiment?

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Takeshi Murata, still image from Larry Dunks, 2021. Continuous digital video. Edition 1/1; published as a non-fungible token. Courtesy of the artist and Ratio 3, San Francisco

This event has reached capacity. We encourage you to watch the panel event that will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel on Thursday, November 18 at 6:30 pm.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and The Battery invite donors in our Contemporary Support Council to join us for a panel discussion featuring industry insiders as they share their perspective on how digital art and NFTs are changing the museum, gallery and sales landscape, and what the future of art looks like in a world of crypto. Moderated by The New York Times technology columnist Kevin Roose, the panel will feature artist Takeshi Murata, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco curator in charge of contemporary art and programming Claudia Schmuckli, co-founder and co-CEO of Lobus Sarah Wendell Sherrill, and vice president of products at Coinbase Sanchan Saxena. 

This event will take place at The Battery. 

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About the Speakers

Claudia Schmuckli is the inaugural curator in charge of contemporary art and programming at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Since joining the Museums in 2016, she has developed a dynamic and innovative program including dialogical exhibitions and commissions. Most recently she curated Specters of Disruption, an exhibition drawn from the Museums’ permanent collection connecting the geological and colonial underpinnings of the de Young museum to the current conditions in Northern California, and Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI, the first major museum exhibition in the United States to reflect on the political and philosophical stakes of artificial intelligence from an artistic perspective. Previously, she was director and chief curator of the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, where she organized more than 30 exhibitions.

Sarah Wendell Sherrill is the co-founder of Lobus, the art world’s first equity management platform on a mission to make artists owners. Wendell Sherrill began her career at Christie’s, where she rose to be one of the youngest vice presidents in the company and managed the Post-War and Contemporary Art department in New York. Following her time at Christie’s, Sarah served as president of Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Noguchi Museum in New York, the Advisory Board at a premier Stanford University digital humanities research center the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, the Advancement Committee at Headlands Center for the Arts, and is a Founding Committee Member of 8-bridges and a Founding Partner at the Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco. Sarah earned a BA in art history from Williams College.  

Takeshi Murata (b. 1974, Chicago) is a visual artist working across media, with an emphasis on digital animation. From his early abstract animations to more recent long-form narrative video works and immersive zoetrope installations, Murata’s practice has been consistently innovative, frequently pioneering animation techniques and aesthetics. His artistic output is defined by an ever-evolving process that finds counterintuitive uses for new technologies. Murata recently published a series of animations on the Ethereum blockchain through Foundation, an auction-based NFT platform, and is currently developing a project for Art Blocks, a platform for on-demand generative artworks. His work was the subject of a 2017 survey at the Kunsthalle Stavanger in Norway, and is in the permanent collections of several prominent public institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, DC. Murata lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Sanchan Saxena is a vice president of product at Coinbase, where he is responsible for working on the latest innovations happening within the bleeding edges of crypto. Sanchan leads the teams integrating new blockchains on Coinbase, enabling our customers to access the new world of decentralized finance, onboarding merchants around the world into the cryptoeconomy, and building gateways to new crypto innovations such as NFTs. Sanchan oversees the management of Coinbase's ecosystem partners, including asset issuers, merchants, developers, and organizations building decentralized protocols, applications, products, and more. Prior to Coinbase, Sanchan was the general manager at Airbnb, where he led a cross-functional team of product management, engineering, design, and operations for Airbnb. Before Airbnb, Sanchan spent time at Facebook and Instagram building social and commerce products such as Instagram Shopping.

Kevin Roose is an award-winning technology columnist for The New York Times, and New York Times bestselling author of three books: Futureproof, Young Money, and The Unlikely Disciple. He is the host of “Rabbit Hole,” a New York Times-produced podcast about internet culture, and a regular guest on “The Daily,” as well as other leading TV and radio shows. He writes and speaks regularly on many topics, including automation and AI, social media, disinformation and cybersecurity, and digital wellness. Before joining The New York Times, he was a writer at New York magazine, and a host and executive producer of "Real Future," a documentary TV series about technology and innovation. He lives in the Bay Area.

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Invitations to this event are a benefit for donors in our Contemporary Support Council. Invitations will be emailed to current eligible donors. To RSVP, email or call (415) 750-7648.

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