Common Ground

Una Stanza Per Panza: Donald Judd

Featuring Amy Adler, Virginia Rutledge, and Joan Kee


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Law Professor Amy Adler, art historian and attorney Virginia Rutledge, and Rail Editor-at-Large Joan Kee join for a conversation on Donald Judd’s “Una stanza per Panza,” published as a special edition in the Rail’s October issue. We conclude with a poetry reading by Sarah Ghazal Ali.

In this talk

Read Donald Judd’s essay “Una Stanza Per Panza” printed in the Rail’s October 2021 issue →

Amy Adler

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Emily Kempin Professor of Law at New York University School of Law Amy Adler teaches Art Law, First Amendment Law, and Feminist Jurisprudence. The Law School awarded her its Podell Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015. A leading expert on the intersection of art and law, Adler has lectured to a wide variety of audiences, from attorneys general to museum curators. Adler graduated from the Yale Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University. Adler clerked for Judge John M. Walker Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and worked as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton before joining the NYU Law faculty.

Virginia Rutledge

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Art historian and attorney based in New York, Virginia Rutledge was formerly a curator for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, and vice president and general counsel of Creative Commons. She is now in private practice focusing on intellectual property, contemporary art, and cultural organizations.

Joan Kee

Joan Kee
Professor Joan Kee teaches in the History of Art at the University of Michigan and was Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor at Williams College in 2021. Her books include Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post Sixties America (2019) and Contemporary Korean Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method (2014). She is the guest editor of “Why Art and Law,” a special issue of Law and Literature forthcoming later this year. A volunteer lawyer in Detroit, she is an Editor-at-Large at the Brooklyn Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Sarah Ghazal Ali reading.

Sarah Ghazal Ali

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Pakistani-American writer, editor, and educator, Sarah Ghazal Ali holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was an MFA Fellow and Juniper Fellow. A recipient of fellowships from Five Pillars, ISF, the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and the Seventh Wave, Sarah currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Palette Poetry. She lives in California and is drawn like a moth to all things green.