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Art Talk: Fran Eber and Robert J. Vanderbei

June 24, 2019, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fran Eber and Robert J. Vanderbei, the artists whose works are on display on the library’s second floor from June 14 through Sept. 6, give a talk about their work.

Eber describes her work, “Luminous Matter,” as channeling the forces of fluid dynamics. She says she achieves this otherworldly look by combining pigments, fluids and additives to produce a physical reaction. Layering different densities of paint leads to the formation of cellular structures that echo natural processes. Eber describes some of her results as comparable to phenomena that can be observed in astronomy, such as the Rayleigh-Taylor instability seen in The Crab Nebula.

A lifelong interest in astronomy led Vanderbei, a Princeton University professor and the library’s scientist-in-residence this summer to buy a digital camera designed for taking long-exposure astrophotographs in 2003, he says in his artist’s statement. “I began imaging the universe. The star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies that I’ve been able to image from my backyard are stunningly beautiful and it’s been extremely interesting to learn about these objects… what they are, how big and how far away they are, and how they came to be. It is all very interesting and truly humbling.”

Both exhibits are in keeping with “A Universe of Stories,”  the theme for this year’s summer reading programs at the library.


Local high school student Alex Erickson will also discuss her collection of portraits on display in the third floor STEAM Studio.



June 24, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Community Room – First Floor
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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