Past Exhibits


Summer 2019 Exhibits


Luminous Matter – Fran Eber


Location: Second Floor Quiet Reading Room

Date: June 14 – Sept. 6

Artist Fran 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.

Please visit the website of Fran Eber for further information.


Our Universe – From Here to Infinity – Robert Vanderbei


Location: Tech Center and Second Floor Hallway

Date: June 14 – Sept. 6

A lifelong interest in astronomy led Vanderbei, a professor at Princeton University 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, continuing that “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.”


Woodstock 50: A Look Back – Ilene Levin


Location: 1st Floor Exhibit Space

Date: July 15 – September 1

Our Summer of ’69 retrospective continues in August with events that look back on Woodstock. An exhibit of photographs taken by local resident Ilene Levine at the era-defining music festival is on display near the first floor Welcome Desk through the end of the month. The photos, including images that span the festival’s opening day through its final rain-soaked moments, are being added to the archives of the Bethel Woods Museum. Thanks to the Princeton Record Exchange, library visitors can also experience the sounds of Woodstock on vinyl at our retro Library Listening Station. All four Woodstock albums are available as are other selections from artists who performed at the event. This installation complements a screening of the film Woodstock on Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. and a tribute concert taking place at Community Park North on Aug. 17 at 5 p.m.


Spring 2019 Exhibits


Alex Erickson


Location: Third Floor STEAM Studio

Date: June 24th – July 1st

Alex Erickson is a Princeton student entering her junior year at Rutgers Prep.

Alex describes her work as a collection of portraits, some more realistic, while others are centered around emotions or concepts.


The Glass Room Experience


Glass Room image

Location: First floor near Welcome Desk

Date: Monday, January 7 – Sunday, January 27

The Glass Room Experience is an interactive exhibition on data and privacy that prompts reflection about how our data is generated, harvested, traded, and sold every day. Through objects based on those from the Glass Room installations in New York and other locations, issues around online privacy and data collection are made accessible and tangible. The exhibit demonstrates the scale of the companies behind the platforms visitors use every day, provides an understanding of what data can be gleaned from selfies, and reveals what we’re agreeing to with the privacy policies we rarely read.


The Concussion Diaries – Terri Riendeau


Stained Glass Acrylic on canvas

Location: Second Floor Quiet Reading Room

Date: January 12 – June 8, 2019

In April 2017, artist Terri Riendeau suffered a serious concussion and for months was forbidden from doing any ‘complex thinking.’ In this newfound state of mind, Terri began to notice every detail of the world around her and began painting. Her paintings explore different techniques, color, and form.

Art exhibits on the second floor are curated by the Arts Council of Princeton.

Please visit their site for further information about Terri Riendeau.


The Periodic Table of Elements – Robert Di Matteo


Carbon Acrylic, coal slag, graphite on canvas

Location: Second Floor Technology Center

Date: January 12-June 8

Artist Robert DiMatteo’s art is inspired by his interest and attention to the sciences. This new body of work focuses on the Periodic Table and natural elements. Each piece is an experiment in materials and texture.

Art exhibits on the second floor are curated by the Arts Council of Princeton.

Please visit their site for further information about Robert Di Matteo.