Inside the Milberg Gallery: Ulises Carrión: Archiving and Indexing

Ulises Carrión In alphabetical order. 1979 artists' book

Ulises Carrión In Alphabetical Order. 1979 Artists' book.

The following is the tenth 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. 

In addition to stewarding the Other Books and So Archive, Carrión created numerous works that examined the logic and strategies of archiving, indexing, and knowledge organization. From tables, to index cards, to archival storage boxes, these works make playful reference to archives on both an aesthetic and structural level.


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 June 4, 2024.

Media Contact: Stephanie Oster, Library Publicity Manager