Lisa Anne Auerbach


Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 1967.
Lives and works in Los Angeles. Auerbach received her MFA in 1994 from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California. She recently took part in the exhibition Cottage Industries, organized by Baltimore Contemporary Museum, in which she created a storefront installation entitled “The Tract House”.

Out of Print Project Description

Lisa Anne Auerbach at the American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum
The Tract House: A Darwin Addition

Auerbach worked with the APS Museum on a second iteration of her series titled The Tract House. This version of her project was inspired by the exhibition Dialogues with Darwin, drawn from the APS’s own Charles Darwin letters, manuscripts and books—the largest collection outside of Cambridge, England.

This Tract House presented an evolutionary twist on classic religious tracts. Auerbach solicited tracts—manifestos, diatribes, stories, rants, poems, lyrics, etc.—written by friends, neighbors, artists, poets, and even pundits in response to Darwin’s life and ideas. For inspiration, tract writers could view the Dialogues with Darwin exhibition at the Museum or online. Auerbach and a graphic designer then created printed ephemera based on these writings. The completed tracts were then displayed in a temporary storefront near the Museum where visitors could peruse the many versions and take what they wish, free of charge. It was Auerbach's hope that the tracts would “educate, activate, infuriate, explicate, obfuscate, and titillate.” The project focused on the democratic aspect of the printed image – the implied necessity for dissemination of the multiple.

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.

Image credit: Greenhouse Media

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