People "Weekly": Habeas Lounge

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People "Weekly": Habeas Lounge
Curated by: Linda Norden

The Graduate Center of The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
October 29th, 2008 - November 6th, 2008
Opening: October 30th, 2008 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

212 817 7138
Tuesday - Friday 12-8PM, Saturday - Sunday 12-6PM
documentary, poetry-reading, Talk, Discussion, Politcal, mixed-media, installation, video-art, performance, conceptual, sculpture


 HABEAS LOUNGE, part three of PEOPLE "WEEKLY," the Amie and Tony James Gallery's ongoing sequence of artist projects, occupies the gallery in the days preceding and following this year's historic presidential election. The Habeas Lounge will be a space to gather and take part in a series of formal and informal lectures and discussions addressing the constitution, Habeas Corpus, and other aspects of the presidential platforms proposed by the candidates. Initially installed in a  Santa Monica gallery during the week of the California presidential primary elections, artist Linda Pollack's elegantly designed Habeas Lounge converts the gallery into a social space for discussions relating to the election and Constitutional law; a site to examine historic documents, hear music, see art, and meet fellow ‘We the People' in the final week of the election race. On Election Day, November 4th, the Habeas Lounge will be a drop in center, broadcasting live the returns on several screens and offering an open mic for commentary.

 People "Weekly," the inaugural exhibition of the CUNY Graduate Center's Amie and Tony James Gallery, opened on October 2nd and runs through February 28th 2009. The exhibition, a sequence of six specially commissioned artist projects and a small "exhibition-within-the exhibition" curated by the gallery's new director, Linda Norden, is designed to introduce new work directly into the dynamic academic arena of the Graduate Center. Norden describes People "Weekly" as a "group show in time." The artists invited to contribute to People "Weekly" vary considerably, but each artist's project responds in some way to the exceptional location and context of this midtown, public university gallery.

Works by Barbara Kruger, Rachel Mason and Yunhee Min continue.




6 - 8 PM                HABEAS LOUNGE Kick off speech: "One Nation, Under the Constitution: 

Church, State, Politics, Faith and Reason in the 21st Century."

with Jamie Raskin, Professor of Constitutional Law, American University; Democratic State Senator from Maryland

9 - 11 PM             POLITAOKE - "POLITical speeches as karAOKE"



5 - 7 PM                HABEAS LOUNGE Reception

6:30 - 8 PM          State of the Union:  A Poetry Reading (with CUNY Center for Humanities)

with John Ashbery + Dan Chelotti + Thomas Sayers Ellis + Nick Flynn + Caroline Knox + Eileen Myles + Mathias Svalina + Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi + Elizabeth Willis + Rachel Zucker


 FRIDAY 10.31

7 - 11 PM             A BANNED  AHALLOWEEN  PARTY  ...atypical, aholloween!

Chris Finan, President, The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression reads From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of the Fight for Free Speech in America

Music  by H*E*R,  (Yvette Perez and Peter Zummo) Pay homage to your favorite characters from top banned books of 2007 and beyond!



3 - 4:30 PM          "Material Change  - Documents that shaped the United States"

featuring rare historic documents, including an original newspaper print copy of the US Constitution with Seth Kaller,  Seth Kaller, Inc. Historic Documents

5 - 7 PM                Constitution Café: "The role of the President, Vice-President, Congress and the Constitutional  Separation of Powers"

with Josh Chafetz, Assistant Professor of Law, Cornell Law School


 SUNDAY 11.2

All Day                  Screening: Conventions and Attitudes 

curated by Karen Atkinson )A projected exhibition of over 100 artists, part of Exchange Rate 2008.)

8 - 11 PM             Get out the Vote / Monitor the Vote Party

music by Love Camp 7 and surprise guest DJ


 MONDAY 11.3

All day                  Screening: "Tools for Historical Transformation: Jury Duty" 

by Sara Hendren

7 - 9 PM                Constitution Café: "Is the Supreme Court Accountable to the People?"

with Barry Friedman, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law, New York University Law School

9  PM                     Performance: EXCHANGE RATE 2008

Eric Lindley Performs Bruce Conkle

Eva Jung performs Adam Overton and Dorit Cypis



All day                  ELECTION DAY DROP IN CENTER 

1 - 3 PM                Constitution Café: "Will our Vote Count? Monitoring the 2008 Election"

with Christopher  Malone, Associate Professor of Political Science, Pace University

Through 11 PM             Watching the Election Returns



All day                  Screening: "Violations and Obfuscations'

 curated by Nancy Popp. Video works by Paul Chan, John Davis, Nabawia Elsoudani, Jessica Lawless, and Von Edwards, Hillary Mushkin, Nancy Popp and Serena Wellen, Martha Rosler.

5:30 - 6:30 PM    Post election day address: "When Nation Claims to be Chosen"

with Aneta Szylak,  Director, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk Poland

7 - 9 PM               Constitution Café: "The Constitution and Human Rights in the era of Guantánamo"

with Lynn Kates, Educational Outreach Organizer, the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative, Center for Constitutional Rights



All day                  Screening: "Transmissions from Alphaville"

by Meena Nanji + Tommy Gear

7 - 9 PM               Constitution Café: "Intellectual Freedom and Free Expression in the United States since 9/11"

with Melissa Goodman, Staff Attorney, the National Security Program, ACLU and Larry Siems, Director, Freedom to Write and International Programs, PEN American Center

9 - 11 PM            HABEAS LOUNGE closing party