Category Archives: Press Release

How to Give an Artist Talk, August 2018

Author: Gigi Rosenberg
Publication: Professional Artist
Published: August, 2018
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Don’t Be Nervous About Nerves
Judith Modrak

I went from a reluctant, nervous speaker (at best) to fully embracing, not only the opportunity, but the entire experience and the audience as well. Hour-long artist talks swim by in seemingly minutes followed by dynamic question and answer sessions. It really is a case of reprogramming one’s response to what can be a cause for stress into an occasion to reveal one’s body of work and sources of inspiration in more depth. My tips include:

  • It’s fine to be nervous, most people will be a little nervous. Work with the nerves, not against them. Focus on your work and what you love about it and want to say about it.
  • Exercise the day of a big talk or take a walk to collect your thoughts.
  • Be prepared: preparation reduces anxiety.
  • It’s OK to pause and ask for something, for example a glass of water or that the lights be turned down a notch or that the projector’s color be tweaked. All these things make you feel calmer and put you in control of the situation.

46 Events, Exhibits & Art Installations Not to Miss this June in NYC

Publication: GothamToGo
Published: May 29, 2018
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Judith Modrak, Our Memories, Seven sculptures in Thomas Paine Park.

35.  Judith Modrak: Our Memories in Thomas Paine Park

Have a powerful memory?  The artist Judith Modrak has just the place for you to put it.  Our Memories are seven sculptures that contains cavities in which participants can place a color-coded “memory stone.”  Our Memories will be on view to March, 2019.

New York’s Best Public Art Installations this Season

Author: Ameena Walker
Publication: Curbed
Published: April 27, 2018
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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