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about
about

Noah Fischer’s practice spans sculpture, writing, performance, and political organizing. 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. Projects have been exhibited at the 7th Berlin Biennale, Venice Biennale, ZKM museum, Art League Houston, 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 direct actions at Museum of Modern Art, Frieze Art Fair, Guggenheim, and Whitney Museum which have been widely reported in the media. With artist Coco Fusco, Noah organized The Artist as Debtor platform, concerned with sustainability of arts communities in the face of financialization. His sculptures and installations have taken on subjects from currency to political rhetoric. He maintains a studio practice in Brooklyn New York.

 

Selected Exhibitions/Actions/Projects/Collaborations

2016 Agitprop!(group exhibition, Occupy Museums) Brooklyn Museum (upcoming 2/16)

2016 A New Way to Pay Old Debts (group exhibition, Occupy Museums) Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (upcoming 2/16)

2016 Evil Eye Dance Point Center for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus (upcoming, 1/16)

2015 Debtfair (solo exhibition, Occupy Museums) Art League Houston, Houston, TX.

2015 Noah Fischer: Financial Relief Sculptures (solo exhibition) at Treasure Room, Interchurch Center, NYC.

2015 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

2014 Who is Building the Guggeneheim Abu Dhabi? (actions: Global Ultra Luxury Faction). Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

2014 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.

2013 Winter Holiday Camp (solo exhibition: Occupy Museums) (accepted into Museum’s permanent collection 12/13), Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland

2013 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.

2012 It’s the Political Economy Stupid, (group exhibition and collaboration: Aaron Burr Society) curated by Greg Sholette and Oliver Ressler, Austrian Cultural Forum, NY

2011 Occupy Museums joins with Sotheby’s Workers. Museum of Modern Art, (action: Occupy Museums) New York, NY

2011 Occupy Printed Matter, Printed Matter, (group exhibition: Occupy Museums) New York

2011 Summer of Change (performance series collaboration: Aaron Burr Society), Wall Street Stock Exchange, New York, NY

2010  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: Made in Troy, (solo exhibition) Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY

2008  Monitor, (solo exhibition) Claire Oliver Gallery, New York, NY

2008 Pop Ark, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria

De Internationale Keuze van de Rotterdamse Schouwbug Rotterdam, Netherlands

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium

2006  Rhetoric Machine (solo exhibition) Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery. New York

2007  Time Republic (performance tour with andcompany& Co), Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria (Premier).

2006  Revotionary Timing, (performance collaboration: andcompany& Co) Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt

 

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

 

Teaching 

2010-2014, Rhode Island School of Design, Sculpture and Liberal Arts Departments

2011   Pratt Institute, New Media Department

2006-7   Columbia University, New York Sculpture and Drawing

 

Lectures, Panels, and Workshops

2016 Occupying Museums: An Art Practice. Art Talks Lecture Series: Lesley University

2015 Museum Occupations: The Backstage Tour. Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum, NYC.

2015 Open Conversation and Workship with Debtfair Organizers, Art League Houston

2015 Art Production in Restriction: Possibilities of Transformative Art Production and Coalition-Building, Trondheim, Norway

2015 A New Wave of Arts Activism? Arena program at 56th Venice Biennale.

2015 Art Handler Symposium, PS1 Print Shop

2015 Truth is Concrete Panel Discussion, Creative Time Reports and Goethe Institut, NY

2014 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.

2014 The Artist as Activist, RU Residency, New York, NY

2013 Art and Activism Symposium (co-organizer) ZKM Museum, Karlsrue, Germany

2013 Mobilize: International Activist Conference, Heinrich Boll Stiftung, Berlin, Germany

2013 Radical Experimentation for Coaches, workshop, New Ventures West. San Francisco, CA

2012 Truth is Concrete, 24 Hour Marathon Camp, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz, Austria

2012 Symposium on Sustainability and Art, Central European University, Budapest 

2011 The Significance of Art in OWS, Left Forum, New York

2011 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.

2015 “The Artist as Debtor” Exploit: Como Rovisciare il Mondo Ad Arte. Edited by Giorgio De Finis, Fabio Benincasa and Andrea Facchi.

2015 “Debt vs Political Agency” on artanddebt.org  and TemporaryArtReview.com

2015 “The Dark Arts” in The Enemy Reader (theenemyreader.org) Charlie White, ed.

2014 “A Global Debt Museum” in To The Square 2, Helsinki, Finland.

2014 “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.

2014 “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.

2013 "Where is Occupy Now" Art F City.com

2012 “Random Randal, Global,” SalonIndus.com

2011 UN-Friezing Art for the 1%, Occupy.com

2011 “Occupying Tension” Inquiring Mind, Spring issue

2011 “Occupy Museums Manifesto (OWS)” Art Fag City.com, Washington Post, etc.

2011 “Trauma, the Subway, and the Voice” M/E/A/N/I/N/G 25th anniversary issue

2010 “Zen & the Art of American Revolution,” Zen Monster issue #3

 

Selected Press/Publications/Interviews

2015 “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

2015 Wall Street Journal: “Activist Old and New Jab the Art World” 5/7

2015 Gothamist: “Guggenheim Museum Effectively Shut Down By May Day Protesters” 5/2

2015 Hyperallergic: “Art Protest Groups Join Forces for Guerrilla Ribbon-cutting at New Whitney Museum” 4/15

 

2015 Hyperallergic, “Accounting for Artist Debt”, 1/22

2015  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.”

2014 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

2012 CNN.com “Power: a digital arts gallery” 8/12

2012  Haaretz, “Go Because Everyone is Running” 6/12

2012  Art in America, “Art and the 99%” by Erin Sickler.

2012  Art Monthly, “The Occupy Effect on Contemporary Art” 9/12

2012  Frieze DE “An Occupied Biennial”

2011  Columbia Spectator, “Speaking with Noah Fischer, Occupy Museums creator” 12/03/11

2011  Art Fag City, “Why Karen Archy is Wrong About Occupy Museums” 10/21/11

2011  New York Times Artsbeat “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

2008  Rhizome.org, “The Monitors” by Tyler Coburn 10/11/08

2008  Herbst Theorie Zur Praxis, (Graz, Austria)  “Save the World” by Noah Fischer, 09/01/08

2008  Kronen Zeitung “Hilfe bei Notfallen und globalen Katastropehn” 10/04/08

2008  NEW Magazine, “Pop Ark” by Paul Kahn, 09/01/08

2008  Focus Vif (Brussels, Belgium), “Rhetoric Machine/Pop Ark” by M.V. 5/16/08

2008  Le Soir (Brussels), “Le Monde dan un Regard” Jean-Marie Wynants 5/13/08

2008  Arte News, “Un Festival Alarmiste Main Pas Fataliste” by Martine Dubois 5/01/08

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

2006  JamesWagner.com, “Noah Fischer at Oliver Kamm” by James Wagner 12/06

2006  NEW Magazine, The Crowds” by Noah Fischer 09/06

2006  NYarts Mazagine, “Noah Fischer: Rhetoric Machine” by Elwyn Palmerton 5/01/08

2006  New York Times, “Noah Fischer, Rhetoric Machine” by Holand Cotter, 12/29/06

2006  Village Voice Best of Show by RC Baker, 12/07/06

2006  Timeout New York, “Noah Fischer” by Joe Wolin.

2006  Journal Frankfurt. “Stopp! Würfelwurf. Theaterrevolutionäre” by Esther Boldt,

2005  Haarlem Dagblad “Schilderijen Vincent Van Gogh Vertellen Over Theo’s Martelaarschap”

 

 

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