Noah Fischer’s art shifted from the gallery to the streets; from installations into stage design and performance, organizing, drawing, and writing. Noah has contributed to public discourse over the role cultural institutions play within capitalism and the debts that affect creative communities. He has exhibited in museums internationally with and without permission. As a founding member of Occupy Museums, a member of Gulf Labor Coalition, and a longtime collaborator with Berlin-based theater group andcompany&Co, he balances collective and solo practice. Noah is a unionized adjunct art professor at Parsons and NYU.


Selected Exhibitions/Actions/Projects

2024 New York 2044, A Public Art Commission by More Art.
2022-23 “Global Swarming” (performance/ collaboration with andcompany& Co) HAU Theater, Berlin, Germany  and FFT, Dusseldorf.
  “Kafala: Migrant Labor in the Arabian Peninsula,” Apex Art, NYC. (group exhibition)
  Modern Nature,” KIPNZ gallery, Walton, NY. (group exhibition)
2019 “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.
2018 “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.
2017 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.
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 Guggenheim 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.
 2011 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.

Essays, Graphic Stories, and Texts

2024 Graphic Book Review of “Toward a Green Democratic Revolution,” by Chantal Mouffe in Labor Art Review (
2023 “That Time When I Tried to Move to Israel” Graphic essay in Hyperallergic. 11/16/2023
  “AI: WTF Do You Know About Pain?” Graphic essay in Hyperallergic. 2/19/2023
2022 “A Purgatory of Nationalisms,” Graphic essay in Hyperallergic. 7/03/2022
2021 “Thinking about Art in the 10th Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.” Graphic essay in Hyperallergic,  9/17/2021.
  “The Giant Pit.” A graphic narrative project in L’Internationale Online. Fall 2021 issue.
2021 “Art and the Shame Economy” essay in “Out of Place: Artists, Pedagogy, and Purpose.” editors Tim Dowd and Zoe Charlton, Punctum Books Books, 2021.
“Why the Art World Needs Populism,” Hyperallergic, opinion section. 1/22/2021.
2019 “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.
2018 “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.”, 1/29/18
2017 “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 (link)
2016 “Why the Artworld Must Not Normalize Donald Trump’s Presidency.”, 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) 4/18/16
2015  “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) 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  and
  “The Dark Arts” in The Enemy Reader ( 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
2011 “Occupying Tension” Inquiring Mind, Spring issue
  Occupy Museums Manifesto (OWS)” reprinted in, 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


Lectures, Panels, and Workshops

2024 Artists Across Disciplines, Alumni Panel, Columbia University School of the Arts
2020 Artists for Artists Masterclass Program, The Institutional Collapse. (Workshop).
2019 Digital/Debt/Empire, Symposium, 4/25-28 Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Canada
2018 Art Practice Beyond the Market, Graduate Lecture, 9/17 SUNY New Paltz, NY
2017 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.
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.
2013 Art and Activism Symposium (co-organizer) ZKM Museum, Karlsrue, Germany
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



2023-current Bard NYC, Adjunct Instructor, New York City Art and Power Lab (undergrad seminar/studio hybrid)
2016-current Parsons School of Design at The New School: Part-Time Assistant Professor, First Year Program: Integrative Studio.
2019-current NYU, Steinhardt, Department of Art and Professions. Part Time Lecturer, Art and Contemporary Culture (studio/seminar hybrid for undergrad art majors)
2018-19 Kenyon College: Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Sculpture, Installation, Senior Studio, Drawing, 2D design.
2010-14 Rhode Island School of Design: Adjunct Professor, Interdisciplinary studio courses and graduate critical issues seminar in Sculpture and Liberal Arts Departments.
2011 Pratt Institute, Adjunct Professor, Graduate New Media Department.
2006-7 Columbia University: Adjunct Professor, Sculpture and Drawing


Selected Press /Interviews

2017 AM New York “Bushwick, South Bronx seeing spike in artist residences as MFA graduates struggle with student debt” 7/17/2017, “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.
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 “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 “Electrical Forest: Made in Troy”  Flash Points series
2008 Timeout New York, “Noah Fischer, Monitor” by T.J Carlin 11/10/08, “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, “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



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