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The Tract House: A Darwin Addition

January 29, 2010

Tract House
Tract House
Tract House
Tract House
Tract House

On view until April 11, 2010
Friday - Sunday, 11am - 6pm
First Fridays, 11am - 8pm (reception 6-8pm)

231 North Third Street

Read Lisa Anne Auerbach’s recent op-ed about the Tract House in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Tract House: A Darwin Addition presents an evolutionary twist on classic religious tracts.

Artist Lisa Anne Auerbach solicited tracts—manifestos, diatribes, stories, rants, and poems—written by the general public, friends, neighbors, artists, poets, and even a Nobel Prize winner in response to Darwin’s life and ideas. Auerbach and graphic designer Roman Jaster then created printed ephemera based on this writing. The resulting tracts feature the same off-beat illustrations, chaotic type styles and breathless urgency that are the hallmark of religious and political tracts without being kitschy or retro.

She calls it a “spread-the-word” project.

Auerbach worked with the APS Museum on this second iteration of her series The Tract House as part of Philagrafika 2010: Out of Print. It is inspired by our current exhibition, Dialogues with Darwin. The completed tracts will be displayed in a storefront at 231 N. Third Street, five blocks from the Museum.  Visitors can peruse all 62 tracts and take what they wish, free of charge. Auberbach hopes that the tracts will “educate, activate, infuriate, explicate, obfuscate, and titillate.”

Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Anne Auerbach is a photographer, a knitter, and a conceptual artist. She mixes art and politics in ways that are both highly personal and open to all.

Download the Tract House walking map:

View Tract House walking map

View all the Darwin-inspired tracts

Read about the previous Tract House project


Program support for Philagrafika 2010: Out of Print is provided by The Barra Foundation, Inc.