Inside the Milberg Gallery: Ulises Carrión - Other Books and So

Other Books and So room

The following is the sixth 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. 

From 1975 until the end of 1978, Ulises Carrión, with Aart van Barneveld, operated the bookstore-gallery Other Books and So in a basement space in Amsterdam. One of the first bookshops dedicated specifically to artists’ books, magazines, and multiples from around the world, Other Books and So wittily advertised its wares as “other books, non books, anti books, pseudo books, quasi books, concrete books, conceptual books, structural books, project books, plain books.”

 

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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 29, 2024.

Media Contact: Stephanie Oster, Library Publicity Manager