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about

Noah Fischer works at the crossroads between the political road of economic and social inequity and poetic pathway of art practice. His sculpture, drawing, performance, writing, and organizing practice fluctuate between object making and direct action as well as an ongoing theatrical collaboration with Berlin-based andcompany&Co.  Fischer has a particular focus on art institutions; He is the initiating member of Occupy Museums and a member of GULF/ Gulf Labor; his collaborative work has been seen (with and without invitation) at MoMA, Guggenheim, Brooklyn Museum, ZKM, and Venice, Athens, and Berlin Biennales among other venues. With Occupy Museums, Noah participated in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Noah teaches at Parsons and maintains a studio practice in Brooklyn New York.

 

Selected Exhibitions/Actions/Projects/Collaborations

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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.

 

2013

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.

 

2012

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

 

2012

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

 

2011

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

2010

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

2009

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

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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

 

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

Lectures, Panels, and Workshops

2017

The School of Everything, 6/12/17 documenta 14, Kassel, Germany.

 

Noah Fischer: Occupy Museums, Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) 5/18/2017, Washington DC.

 

Complicity, organized by Hands off Our Revolution, ICP, 5/31/2017, 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,

Wesleyan University. 2/03/2017.

 

Speak Truth to Power, FFT Düsseldorf 1/21/2017, Düsseldorf, Germany.

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

 

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

2013

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

2012

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

 

Symposium on Sustainability and Art, Central European University, Budapest 

2011

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

 

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

2010

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


Essays and Texts

2017

“Journal: January, 20th - 30th 2017”
Alexander Karschnia & Noah Fischer,  FFT Journal (link)

2016

“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

2015

 “Agency in a Zoo: The Occupy Movement's Strategic Expansion to Art Institutions” FIELD Issue #2: a journal of socially engaged art criticism.

 

“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

2014

“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.

2013

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

 

"Where is Occupy Now" Art F City.com

2011

“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


Selected Press /Interviews

2017

Salon.com, “1 Percenters Wash Their Money Through Arts Funding—and Artists Are Calling Them Out on It” 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.

2016

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

2015

“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

2014

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

 

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

2013

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

2012

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”

2011

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

2010

Kochivibe: The Inter University workshop on “InterVisuality

2009

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

2008

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

2006

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

 

Village Voice Best of Show by RC Baker, 12/07/06

 

Timeout New York, “Noah Fischer” by Joe Wolin

2005

Haarlem Dagblad “Schilderijen Vincent Van Gogh Vertellen Over Theo’s Martelaarschap”

 


Teaching 

2016-

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

2010-2014

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

2011

Pratt Institute, Graduate New Media Department.

2006-7

Columbia University: Sculpture and Drawing

 

Education

2005

Fulbright Scholar (Independent Art Research), Netherlands

2004

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

1999

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