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about
about

Noah Fischer’s practice spans sculpture, writing, performance, and political organizing and usually a combination of the above. He is the initiating member of Occupy Museums, a direct action art group that grew out of the Occupy Wall Street Movement in 2011 and has developed a practice merging performance, aesthetics, and politics. Noah’s solo and collaborative projects have been exhibited at the 7th Berlin Biennale, Venice Biennale, ZKM museum, and Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. Working with Sotheby’s Art Handlers Union and Gulf Labor Coalition among numerous other groups, Noah has designed  high profile direct actions at Museum of Modern Art, Frieze Art Fair, Guggenheim, and Whitney Museum. With Coco Fusco, Noah organized The Artist as Debtor platform, concerned with sustainability of arts communities. He maintains a studio practice in Brooklyn New York.

 

Selected Exhibitions/Actions/Projects/Collaborations

2016

Bank of No in Terra Mediterranea: In Action. Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany.

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

 

Report from a Bunker. (solo exhibition as 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

 

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

 

Lectures, Panels, and Workshops

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

2015

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

 

“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.

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


Teaching 

2016

Parsons School of Design at The New School: First Year 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

 

 Selected Press/Book Mentions/Interviews

2016

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

 

“Activism Pays Off, as Brooklyn Museum Embraces Anti-Gentrification Forum” artnet 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”

 

 

08/24/2016