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N O A H   M.  F I S C H E R b.1977  

fischer.noah@gmail.com  I  (917) 443-5650  I  167 Underhill Avenue apt #1 Brooklyn NY 11238  I  www.noahfischer.org


Brooklyn-based artist Noah Fischer’s work intersects with social movements through a practice of drawing, writing, organizing, performance, and sculpture. The Occupy movement of 2011 has been key to his political education, questioning the inequity structured into cultural institutions through groups like Occupy Museums and G.U.L.F. Fischer’s writings have appeared in bills handed out at direct actions and his essays have been published in Hyperallergic, Frieze, Brooklyn Rail and October.  Fischer’s solo and collaborative work has been exhibited with and without invitation at Guggenheim, MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, ZKM, the 56th Venice Biennale, 7th Berlin Biennale and 2017 Whitney Biennial. Fischer’s interest in politics is currently taking the form of writing a speculative fiction novel about direct democracy. He teaches at Parsons School of Design and NYU.



Selected Exhibitions/Actions/Projects/Collaborations


“Ant Lab.” (upcoming performance/ collaboration with andcompany & Co), Berlin, Germany.


“Occu-Pie” (performance) Aufstand der Utopien Festival, Chemnitz, Germany.


“Breakthrough Performance, 2036” (performance) American Realness Festival, Gibney Theater, New York, NY.


“Challenging Borders” (group show)Allegheny College, Pennsylvania.


“Debtfair New Mexico” (a project of Occupy Museums), 516 Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico, in “Currency” with Mel Chin, Christy Chow, Jennifer Dalton and others.


“How Does Your Economic Reality Affect Your Activism?” (a project of Occupy Museums) in” Citizen Participation,” ABC No Rio, NY.


Judgment Day, (group exhibition). ABC No Rio, Bullet Space, New York.


The Reinstitute Archive and Research Library (Group Exhibition) Guest Spot, Baltimore, Maryland.


Debtfair Puerto Rico (a project of Occupy Museums), El Museo del Barrio, NY.


Debtfair (a project of Occupy Museums), Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American art, NY.


Not My Revolution If…The Stories of Angie O. (concept and set design) andcompany&Co. HAU, Berlin, DR


Hommage, Ideal or Pattern. (group exhibition) Knoll Gallery, Budapest, Hungary


Bank of No, Terra Mediterranea: In Action, (collaborative) Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany.


Making Progress, (group exhibition, Occupy Museums) ARTspace, New York, NY.


Report from a Bunker. (collaborative team including Artur Zmijewski and Maureen Connor) Wroclaw Contemporary Museum (MWW), Poland.


If You Can’t Afford to Live Here, Mo-o-ve, (group exhibition, organized by Martha Rosler), Mitchell Innes & Nash, NY.


Making Use: Life in Post- Artistic Times (group exhibition, Occupy Museums) Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw


Agitprop! (group exhibition, Occupy Museums) Brooklyn Museum, NY


Bank of No, Point Center for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus


Debtfair (solo exhibition, Occupy Museums) Art League Houston, Houston, TX.


Noah Fischer: Financial Relief Sculptures (solo exhibition) at Treasure Room, Interchurch  Center, NYC.


All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale curated by Okwui Enwezor (group exhibition, Gulf Labor). Venice, Italy


Work it Out, (group exhibition, Occupy Museums) Momenta Art, NY


Who is Building the Guggeneheim Abu Dhabi? (actions: Global Ultra Luxury Faction). Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY


Ritual Rebranding of David Koch Plaza, (action: Occupy Museums) Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY.



Global Activism, (group exhibition) curated by Peter Weibel, Linnea Semmerling, Joulia Strauss. ZKM Museum, Karlsrue, Germany


Winter Holiday Camp (solo exhibition: Occupy Museums) (accepted into Museum’s permanent collection 12/13), Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland


Queen Mother of Reality, (collaboration: Pawel Althamer), Performa 13, New York.



Seven Billion Bloombergs: Occupy your BFF (solo exhibition: Occupy Museums) at Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY



Forget Fear: 7th Berlin Biennale, curated by Artur Zmijewski and Joanna Warsza (group exhibition: Occupy Museums) Berlin, Germany.



Occupy Museums joins with Sotheby’s Workers, Museum of Modern Art, (action: Occupy Museums) New York, NY


Occupy Printed Matter, Printed Matter, (group exhibition: Occupy Museums) New York


Summer of Change (performance series collaboration: Aaron Burr Society), Wall Street Stock Exchange, New York, NY


Lady Liberty: Story of a Torch Singer (collaboration: Kalup Linzy), AIR Radio, NY


Random Randal: Made in Kerala, (performance) R.L.V. College of Music and Fine Arts, Cochin, India


Electrical Forest (solo exhibition) Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY


Monitor, (solo exhibition) Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, NY


Pop Ark, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria, De Internationale Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwbug Rotterdam, Netherlands, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium


Time Republic (performance tour with andcompany& Co), Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria (Premier).


Rhetoric Machine (solo exhibition) Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery. New York


Revolutionary Timing, (performance collaboration: andcompany& Co) Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, LMCC Swing Space, New York.


Essays and Texts 


“Why the Art World Needs Populism,” Hyperallergic, opinion section. 1/22/2020.


“Words that Defined the 2010’s—Occupy,” Art in America. 12/2019.


“Breakthrough Performance, 2036,” Theater Magazine, Yale’s Journal of Criticism, Plays, and Reportage. Volume 49, Issue 3, Duke University Press.


“Art and the Shame Economy” essay in forthcoming book: “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Academia and the Arts.” editors Tim Dowd and Zoe Charlton, Intellect Books, 2020.


“A Question on Monuments, 49 Responses” 46-48, October Issue 165, MIT Press.


“The Silent Red Thing: Self-Censorship in the Hyper-networked, Hyper-market Arts.” 233-241, ASAP Journal, Johns Hopkins University Press.


“The Ebbs and Flows of Resistance In the Art World.” Hyperallergic.com, 1/29/18


“Dark Matter Games:  Gregory Sholette, Kuba Szreder and Noah Fischer Interviewed by Marco Baravalle.  September 2017. Artleaks Gazette #3


“Journal: January, 20th - 30th 2017”
Alexander Karschnia & Noah Fischer, tFFT Journal 


“Why the Artworld Must Not Normalize Donald Trump’s Presidency.” Hyperallergic.com, 11/15/16


“We are Called to Fight” in final Issue of M/E/A/N/I/N/G Susan Bee and Mira Schor editors.


“A People’s Monument to Displacement Organizing” (with Betty Yu) ArtfCity.org 4/18/16


 “Agency in a Zoo: The Occupy Movement's Strategic Expansion to Art Institutions” FIELD Issue #2


“Debtfair is all about art and Here’s Why” (with Kenneth Pietrobono) Glasstire.com 10/26/2015


“The Artist as Debtor” Exploit: Como Rovisciare il Mondo Ad Arte. Edited by Giorgio De Finis, Fabio Benincasa and Andrea Facchi.


“Debt vs Political Agency” on artanddebt.org  and TemporaryArtReview.com


“The Dark Arts” in The Enemy Reader (theenemyreader.org) Charlie White, ed.


“A Global Debt Museum” in To The Square 2, Helsinki, Finland.


“The Occupied Museum” Artleaks Gazette #2


“An Interview with Noah Fischer of Occupy Museums” in What’s Next: Kunst nach der Krise, Johannes Hedinger/Torsten Meyer, editors.


“Occupying Museums” in Truth is Concrete: A Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics. Edited by steirischer herbst & Florian Malzacher.


“Lotus Petals” Brooklyn Rail, New York, NY.


"Where is Occupy Now" Art F City.com


“Occupying Tension” Inquiring Mind, Spring issue


Occupy Museums Manifesto (OWS)” reprinted in ArtFCity.com, Washington Post, and many other publications.


Trauma, the Subway, and the Voice” M/E/A/N/I/N/G 25th anniversary issue


Zen & the Art of American Revolution,” Zen Monster issue #3








Parsons School of Design at The New School: First Year Program: Drawing/Imaging and Integrative Studio.


NYU, Steinhardt, Department of Art and Professions. Art and Contemporary Culture.


Kenyon College: Visiting Assistant Professor of Art. Full time: Sculpture, Installation, Senior Studio, Drawing, 2D design. 


Rhode Island School of Design: Interdisciplinary studio courses and graduate critical issues seminar in Sculpture and Liberal Arts Departments.


Pratt Institute, Graduate New Media Department.


Columbia University: Sculpture and Drawing



Lectures, Panels, and Workshops



Artists for Artists Masterclass Program, The Institutional Collapse. (Workshop).


Digital/Debt/Empire, Symposium, 4/25-28 Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Canada


Art Practice Beyond the Market, Graduate Lecture, 9/17 SUNY New Paltz, NY


Snapshots from Future Occupations, 11/14, Kyiv International Biennial, Ukraine


Performing Truths:  Coco Fusco in conversation with Noah Fischer. 11/18, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY


PROMESA: The Fiscal Crisis in Puerto Rico and the Debt of Artists (panel) 10/14, El Museo del Barrio,NY


The School of Everything, curated by Joulia Strauss and Athens SYN  (documenta 14) 6/12,  Kassel, Germany.


Noah Fischer: Occupy Museums, Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) 5/18, Washington DC.


Complicity, organized by Hands off Our Revolution, ICP, 5/31, New York.


Dark Matter Games, S.a.L.E Docks, 5/11-14/2017 Venice, Italy.


Art | Worker Rights | Globalization - Panel Discussion with Members of G.U.L.F./Gulf Labor, 2/03,

Wesleyan University.


Speak Truth to PowerFFT Düsseldorf 1/21/2017, Düsseldorf, Germany.


Meeting Noah Fischer, Autonomia Akademia at Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece.


Art and Political Practice, moderated by Hyperallergic, Pulse Art Fair, New York.


Occupying Museums: An Art Practice, Art Talks Lecture Series: Lesley University


Museum Occupations: The Backstage Tour. Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum, NYC.


Open Conversation and Workshop with Debtfair Organizers, Art League Houston


Art Production in Restriction: Possibilities of Transformative Art Production and Coalition-Building, Trondheim, Norway


A New Wave of Arts Activism? Arena program at 56th Venice Biennale.


Art Handler Symposium, PS1 Print Shop


Truth is Concrete Panel Discussion, Creative Time Reports/ Goethe Institut, NY


The Artist as Debtor Conference (co-organized with Coco Fusco including Martha Rosler, Greg Sholette, William Powhida), Cooper Union Great Hall, New York, NY


Work it Out: A Dialogue, Momenta Art, New York, NY.


The Artist as Activist, RU Residency, New York, NY


Art and Activism Symposium (co-organizer) ZKM Museum, Karlsrue, Germany


Mobilize: International Activist Conference, Heinrich Boll Stiftung, Berlin


Radical Experimentation for Coaches, workshop, New Ventures West. San Francisco, CA


Truth is Concrete, 24 Hour Marathon Camp, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz, Austria


Symposium on Sustainability and Art, Central European University, Budapest 


The Significance of Art in OWS, Left Forum, New York


Coin Return Artist Project, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


Inter-visualities,Trans-Trends Forum, RLV College, Kochi, Kerala



Selected Press /Interviews


AM New York “Bushwick, South Bronx seeing spike in artist residences as MFA graduates struggle with student debt” 7/17/2017


Salon.com, “As the 1 Percent Wash Their Money Through Arts Funding, Artists Respond” 6/18/2017


Opera Viva, “Intervista a Gregory Sholette, Kuba Szreder e Noah Fischer” 5/10/2017.


Hyperallergic, “At a Museum’s #J20 Event, Hitting the Limits of Inclusivity” 2/6/2017


Hyperallergic, “Occupy Museums Challenges Us to Face Fascism with the #J20 Art Strike” 1/19/2017.


Artnews , “For Its Whitney Biennial Project, Occupy Museums is Calling on Artists to Share their Debt Experience,”  12/06/2016


New York Times, “Galleries Scramble Amid Brooklyn’s Gentrification”. 5/21/2016


Artnet, “Activism Pays Off, as Brooklyn Museum Embraces Anti-Gentrification Forum” 7/7/2016


“Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century” by Nato Thompson, Melville House


“Global Activism: Art and Conflict in the 21st Century” edited by Peter Weibel, MIT press


Wall Street Journal: “Activist Old and New Jab the Art World” 5/7


Gothamist: “Guggenheim Museum Effectively Shut Down by May Day Protesters” 5/2


Hyperallergic: “Art Protest Groups Join Forces for Guerrilla Ribbon-cutting at New Whitney Museum” 4/15


Huffington Post: “The Worlds of Art and Activism Collide”, 3/30


Hyperallergic, “Accounting for Artist Debt”, 1/22


eflux conversations, “Artist as Debtor Conference t Cooper Union” 1/22


Art in America, “Protesting the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi: An Interview with GULF.”


Newsweek, “Protesters Sneak into the Guggenheim, Make it Rain Bills.”


Kritica Politycza: “Art needs a bailout. Noah Fischer in conversation”, 6/15


Russia Today television, “OWS Talents and Ideas replace crowds on US streets”, 10/12


CNN.com “Power: a digital arts gallery” 8/12


Haaretz, “Go Because Everyone is Running” 6/12


Art in America, “Art and the 99%” by Erin Sickler


Art Monthly, “The Occupy Effect on Contemporary Art” 9/12


Frieze DE “An Occupied Biennial”


Columbia Spectator, “Speaking with Noah Fischer, Occupy Museums creator” 12/03/11


ArtFCity, “Why Karen Archy is Wrong About Occupy Museums” 10/21/11


New York Times “Taking the Protests to the Art World, 10/21/11


Kochivibe: The Inter University workshop on “InterVisuality


Art21.org “Electrical Forest: Made in Troy”  Flash Points series


Timeout New York, “Noah Fischer, Monitor” by T.J Carlin 11/10/08


Rhizome.org, “The Monitors” by Tyler Coburn 10/11/08


Herbst Theorie Zur Praxis, (Graz, Austria)  “Save the World” by Noah Fischer, 09/01/08


Kronen Zeitung “Hilfe bei Notfallen und globalen Katastropehn” 10/04/08


Artfagcity.com, “Best of 2006” by Paddy Johnson


NYarts Mazagine, “Noah Fischer: Rhetoric Machine” by Elwyn Palmerton 5/01/08


New York Times, “Noah Fischer, Rhetoric Machine” by Holand Cotter, 12/29/06




Fulbright Scholar (Independent Art Research), Netherlands 


MFA (Visual Art: New Genres) Columbia University, New York


BFA  (Sculpture, Art History) Rhode Island School of Design. Providence, RI