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In the Garden of the Mind, NAP Preview

Publication: New Arts Program
Opening Reception: January 18th, 2019, 6-9 p.m. with artist talk at 7:30 p.m.
One-to-Ones Talks with the Artist: January 18th and 19th, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. by appointment
Exhibition Dates: Jan 18th – March 3rd, with gallery hours Fri-Sun, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
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The work of New York-based sculptor Judith Modrak has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States including Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Trenton Art Museum, Point Park University, the Palm Beach Art Armory, the Woodstock Museum, Monmouth Museum, and the Hartnett Gallery. In New York City, Our Memories, a public artwork of seven sculptures, has been installed on Governors Island, in Central Park, and is now on view in Thomas Paine Park through May 2019. The documentary Memories Recorded, Memories Stored, about Modrak’s project Our Memories won Best Science and Education Documentary at the Madrid International Film Festival in 2017.

Modrak’s sculpted biomorphic and anthropomorphic figures, address universal issues of empathy, cognition, aging and mental illness. Her work has been featured in various art, science and news publications, including the Science Channel, the Tribeca Trib, Scientific American, the Seaside Times, the Rochester Review, SciArt, Sculpture Magazine, Sino Vision, and the Pittsburgh Tribune. Modrak earned a BA in Studio Art, Cum Laude, from the University of Rochester. By 2013 she had achieved artistic recognition in New York City and has received a Chashama/ National Endowment for the Arts grant and two gold medals in sculpture from the National Association of Women Artists, among other awards. As part of her New Arts Program residency, Modrak is unveiling, In the Garden of the Mind—a site reflective installation of totem-like, human-sized sculptures delving into the lifecycle of ideas and sensations. To see more of Modrak’s work, visit: www.judithmodrak.com and connect @judithmodrak on Instagram and FB.

To schedule a one-to-one talk with the artist on Friday, Jan 18 or Saturday, January 19 please call 610-683-6440.

58 NYC Outdoor (and Indoor) Art Installations Not to Miss in November 2018

Author: Michelle Young
Publication: Untapped Cities
Published: November 1, 2018
Article PDF: 58 NYC Outdoor (and Indoor) Installations Not To Miss in November 2018
Article link: https://untappedcities.com/2018/11/01/57-nyc-outdoor-and-indoor-art-installations-not-to-miss-in-november-2018/33/

33. Judith Modrak ‘Our Memories’ in Thomas Paine Park

Photo by Daniel Avila courtesy of NYC Parks

Judith Modrak’s Our Memories, recently unveiled in Manhattan’s Thomas Paine Park, is “an evolving audience participatory installation” that aims to “physiologically generate a new collective memory.” The shape of the sculptures is inspired by neurons and contain cavities in which participants place a color-coded stone. These memory stones each represent one of six emotions: joy, anger, love, sadness, fear, and surprise. The aim of the piece is to create a symbolic memorial composed of thousands of individual memories.

Thomas Paine Park is located in the former Five Points and Collect Pond area that is now home to the New York Supreme County Courthouse and the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse. The art installation will be up until April 2019.

New York’s Best Public Art Installations this Season

Author: Ameena Walker
Publication: Curbed
Published: April 27, 2018
Article PDF: New York’s Best Public Art Installations this Season
Article link:
https://ny.curbed.com/maps/best-public-art-installations-new-york-city

Spring is finally here, which means it’s time to take a look at some of the most exciting public art installations coming to New York this spring and summer. Last year, works like Lincoln Center’s “Hippo Ballerina” and Henry Taylor’s High Line-dominating self-portrait captured attention; this year, expect new pieces from talented artists, both local and worldwide, to turn heads.

Here, we’ve collected more than a dozen worth scouting in the next few months, some of which are in place already. As more cool projects come to light, we’ll update the map—and as always, if you know of anything that we may have missed, let us know in the comments.

2. Judith Modrak: “Our Memories”

In “Our Memories,” sculptor Judith Modrak has crafted seven interactive installations that recognize “the need to record one’s personal experience,” per its description. Visitors are asked to recall a “powerful memory” and then share it by depositing a color-coded stone into one of the sculptures. The colors correspond to six emotions: joy, anger, love, sadness, fear, and surprise. The sculptures will appear in lower Manhattan’s Thomas Paine Park for 10 months beginning in May, after a short stint in Central Park.


Judith Modrak.
Lafayette St & Worth St
New York, NY 10007