The New Social Environment#906

Artists and/versus AI: A Speculative Conversation

Featuring Megan Noh, Sarah Odenkirk, and Yayoi Shionoiri, with Kimberly Kruge


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

September Critics Page Contributors Megan Noh and Sarah Odenkirk join Guest Critic Yayoi Shionoiri for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Kimberly Kruge.

In this talk

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Megan Noh

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Megan Noh co-chairs Pryor Cashman’s Art Law and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) Groups. With nearly 20 years of combined in-house legal and private practice representation of collectors, artists, and other stakeholders in both the traditional media and digital art sectors, Megan negotiates a wide variety of art market transactions and advises on disputes implicating copyright and artists rights issues. Megan serves on the Advisory Board of the Vera List Center for Art & Politics at the New School, is the Chair of the NYC Bar Association’s Artists’ Rights Subcommittee, and co-teaches the Art Law course at Columbia Law School.

Sarah Odenkirk

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Sarah Odenkirk is partner at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP, and Co-Heads the Art Law practice group. She represents clients in matters pertaining to fine art transactions and intellectual property; emerging tech; business affairs and strategic planning; and public art and policy. Sarah is an Adjunct Professor at University of Southern California Gould School of Law where she teaches Art Law. She sits on the Boards of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Fulcrum Arts; and the Advisory Council for the Arts at Cedars-Sinai Hospital; and authored A Surprisingly Interesting Book About Contracts for Artists and Other Creatives.

Yayoi Shionoiri

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Yayoi Shionoiri is an interdisciplinary art lawyer and art historian who lives in Brooklyn. As Executive Director to 1717 Studio, she stewards Chris Burden’s art historical legacy and promotes Nancy Rubins’s artistic practice. She served as the Guest Critic for the Rail’s September issue Critics Page on Art Law & Art and the Law, featuring contributions from art lawyers and artists exploring the intricate connections between artistic practice and the law. She also serves as U.S. Alliance Partner to City Lights Law, an Outside Board Director to Startbahn, and an Advisory Panelist to the Serpentine Gallery’s Legal Lab.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Kimberly Kruge reading.

Kimberly Kruge

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Kimberly Kruge is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, There’s Something They’re Not Telling Us and Ordinary Chaos, from Carnegie Mellon University Press and a chapbook, High-Land Sub-Tropic, which won the Center for Book Arts Prize. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, AGNI, The Iowa Review and elsewhere in English and Spanish. She founded Casa Comala, a forthcoming free-to-use residency space in Mexico for artists of all disciplines.

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