Inside the Milberg Gallery: Ulises Carrión - A Book Is a Sequence of Spaces

Verzamelde Werken / Collected Works XII, 1980 Artists’ book

The following is the fourth in a series of inside looks at the current exhibition in Princeton University Library’s Ellen and Leonard Milberg Gallery in Firestone Library - “Ulises Carrión: Bookworks and Beyond.”

Curated by Sal Hamerman, Metadata Librarian for Special Collections at PUL, and Javier Rivero Ramos, a recent Ph.D graduate from the Department of Art & Archaeology, who is now Assistant Curator at Art Bridges Foundation in Arkansas, the exhibition explores Carrión’s pioneering reinvention of the book as a material and social platform, primarily featuring Princeton’s extensive holdings, drawn from the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology and PUL’s Special Collections. PUL is steward to one of the most substantial collections of Carrión’s book and mail art in any American library. 


Though Carrión explored numerous artistic questions and worked in a variety of media throughout his career, the bookwork long remained a key vehicle for his investigations. These works often isolated and transformed key elements of the book – paper, binding, layout, the look and sound of words – in order to articulate their functioning.



The exhibition is open and free to the public during Milberg Gallery hours of operation, February 21 through June 13, 2024.

Discover more through the accompanying digital exhibit.

Published April 8, 2024.

Media Contact: Stephanie Oster, Library Publicity Manager