[spectre] Opening of the Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap) in New York City in Fall 2015

IHEAP iheap at iheap.fr
Fri Nov 28 11:00:33 CET 2014

Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap)

Press Release
November 28, 2014

Opening of the Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap) in 
New York City in Fall 2015

The Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap) is a graduate 
institute for research and experimentation in art. It is the educational 
branch of the Biennale de Paris. The Institute was created in 1985 by 
the City of Paris, in reference to the Bauhaus and Black Mountain 
College, and as an alternative to the École Nationale Supérieure des 
Beaux-Arts in Paris. It lapsed in 1995.

In 2012, compelled by its history, experiences and specificities, the 
Biennale de Paris opted to open a new Institut des hautes études en arts 
plastiques (Iheap) in accordance with its own modus operandi— which 
occasionally consists of reactivating lapsed or abandoned institutions. 
Drawing on the original model, the new Iheap conserved its name, 
intentions, idea of a simple structure, necessity for transversality and 
orality, and strong international dimension. The current form was 
conceived and developed by Alexandre Gurita and Jean-Baptiste Farkas, in 
conjunction with several key collaborators.

Iheap’s course of study offers participants - known as sessionists - the 
opportunity to liberate themselves from the inherited history of 20th 
Century art; instead, it proposes inquiry into the crucial issues of art 
in the 21st Century, a history in the process of being written and in 
which sessionists might eventually take part.

Iheap’s program cultivates “invisual” and “subtractive” practices that 
become inscribed in subtle ways into daily life. Iheap is interested in 
“acting out”; in artistic practices that develop alternative economies 
to the art market; in strategy applied to the field of culture; in the 
revision of artistic terminology; and in the notions of expenditure and 
the necessary.

Iheap is a liquid school that moves and composes itself within a 
multitude of environments. Each class takes place at a different 
location. The program, which is completed in two years (one session), 
consists of two full days per week of classes combining theory and 
practice. It confers a Post-Diploma.

Iheap will open its doors in New York in September 2015 with Session XI, 
titled “Economies - Can artistic practice produce viable economies 
outside of the art market?”. Not purporting to come to New York with 
readymade answers, Iheap wishes rather to engender the conditions for 
substantive debate on a topic crucial to both the United States and the 

Iheap has chosen to locate itself in New York due to the city’s 
dynamism; character as a world city; and various existing structures 
that are extremely open to experimentation, innovation and risk, with 
which the Institute has worked. The Institute has found much support 
from individuals based in New York, some of whom will figure in its 
American pedagogical team. Emma McCormick-Goodhart will direct Iheap - 
New York.

Tuition is 9000 US Dollars for two years of study.

The period for application commences on November 18, 2014, and closes on 
March 1, 2015.

Iheap - New York has several advantages guiding its development in the 
United States:
- The first French school of art to open outside of France
- The least expensive school of art in New York
- The first Post-Diploma to be delivered in the United States
- The possibility for students to actively engage in exchanges, or 
“residencies abroad”, between New York and Paris.

The hope is that Iheap - New York will, in its own way, reinforce 
contemporary French-American relations, as well as the historical links 
between these two singular cities, which have each played a key role in 
shaping the History of Art.


Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap)
Emma McCormick-Goodhart
Director New York
US +1 301 281 3082
FR +33 6 51 10 83 80
direction.new-york at iheap.fr

Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Iheap)
Tél. : 0033 (1) 4534 3004

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