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Ulises: Assembly

About the Exhibition


Aug 13 – Nov 10

Opening Reception

September 5, 6–8pm


SMFA at Tufts, 230 Fenway, Boston

Ulises: Assembly, is a residency and exhibition engaging the labor of bookworkers from the Philadelphia-based collective Ulises. Founded in 2016 and run by members Nerissa Cooney, Lauren Downing, Kayla Romberger, Gee Wesley, and Ricky Yanas, the bookshop and project space explores the relationships between publics and publications through projects, exhibitions, and residencies asking: “what do you do?” as a means of delving into the printed matters of art publishing today. This project aims to render visible labor, friendships, conviviality, and collectivity of bookworkers as a tribute to their chaotic communality. Ulises: Assembly will be presented at TUAG’s Grossman & Anderson Galleries at SMFA at Tufts campus at 230 Fenway, Boston from August 13 through November 10, 2024 and is the first institutional residency and solo exhibition of the collective.

The collective will realize a bookshop, curated selection of collaborators, and ongoing workshops at the SMFA campus in dialogue with faculty and students. The SMFA public billboard will be contributed by Ulises collaborator Ken Lum. Ulises: Assembly is organized by TUAG Curator Laurel V. McLaughlin in collaboration with Ulises.

Image: Installation shot of the Bidoun Library at Ulises during Publishing As Practice: Bidoun, November 2018. Photo: Constance Mensh.