Local photographer to exhibit at Plainsboro Library

ByDavid M. Conte

Aug 25, 2021

“COLOR WHEEL”: Gourgaud Galley at Town Hall, 23-A North Main Street, Cranbury, now exhibits works by Plainsboro artist Tatiana Sougakova. The exhibition, on display until September 27, is a collection of large abstract wall scrolls on stitched canvas, each representing a force of nature or a theme. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Princeton photographer Lionel Goodman will display 17 pre-pandemic images in a solo exhibit in the Plainsboro Public Library Gallery from September 1 to October 27.

The photos in “Life before the pandemic: will it come back?” represent scenes that banal before the arrival of COVID-19, but can no longer take place. For example, three unrelated men are sitting hip to hip on a park bench.

Goodman is Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry at Rutgers University and began photography after his retirement in 2003. As a university researcher, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work using laser spectroscopy to study molecular structure. He sees clear parallels between his scientific work and his current photographic pursuits, both of which require meticulous attention to detail as well as a heightened “sense of creativity”.

In 2018, Goodman show “Uncommon Faces,” a collection of portraits, at the Plainsboro Public Library Gallery. He has received several awards for his human photography, including of the Perkins Art Center, the Mercer County Arts Council and the Salmagundi Club of New York. He received the First in Show award at the Grounds For Sculpture Photography Expositions in 2009 and 2010. His photography About to leave is in the Johnson & Johnson Museum’s permanent collection, and was Program Chair of the Princeton Photography Club for four years.

The Plainsboro Public Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro. For more information, call (609) 275-2897.

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