Habeas Lounge


The Amie and Tony James Gallery, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, 365 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY10016
Organization Type: 
Community / Non-Arts Organization
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HABEAS LOUNGE series are developed to be timely and relevant to the communities where they are based. The idea is to break away from the typical dynamics of the panel discussion and instead create a more fluid and inclusive atmosphere where candid exchange can occur. The HABEAS LOUNGE is a space for civic dialogue, where we curate a series of public discussions and other exchanges. These exchanges... take place in a built environment, the HABEAS LOUNGE, a vibrant red communal seating arrangement. The serpentine-shaped couch, the focal point of the lounge, physically brings people face to face with each other. The LOUNGE was originally built for the 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica California to host a program addressing constitutional issues in anticipation of the 2008 presidential election. It has since been moved to downtown Los Angeles (series on LA urban planning), to the CUNY Graduate Center Gallery in Mid Manhattan (series on constitutional democracy), to the concourse of 1 NY Plaza in the financial district of Manhattan (series on the economic recession). This summer the LOUNGE was built for the city of Wroclaw Poland where, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Eastern European changes of 1989, the LOUNGE hosted a dialogue series about democracy and the Polish constitution.