Inside the Milberg Gallery: Archive as Artwork: Other Books and So Archive

The following is the eighth 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.”

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Ulises Carrión Address Cards 1975-1989 Artists' Personal card file of addresses

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. 

After Other Books and So closed, Carrión transformed the collection into an archive. He viewed the care and maintenance of this archive as a key part of his practice, stating, “We’ve reached a privileged historical moment when keeping an archive can be an artwork.” Carrión both critiqued the cultural role of state-run archives, libraries, and museums and playfully adapted their organization strategies.


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 May 20, 2024.

Media Contact: Stephanie Oster, Library Publicity Manager