American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum

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

Auerbach will work with the American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum on a second iteration of her series The Tract House. This version of her project, titled The Tract House: A Darwin Addition, is inspired by the current exhibition Dialogues with Darwin, drawn from the APS’s own Charles Darwin letters, manuscripts and books—the largest collection outside of Cambridge, England.

The Tract House: A Darwin Addition presents an evolutionary twist on classic religious tracts. Auerbach solicits tracts—manifestos, diatribes, stories, rants, poems, lyrics, etc.—written by the general public, friends, neighbors, artists, poets, and even pundits in response to Darwin’s life and ideas. (For inspiration, tract writers can view the Dialogues with Darwin exhibition at the APS Museum or online.) Auerbach and a graphic designer then create printed ephemera based on this writing. The completed tracts will be displayed in a storefront location near the Museum where visitors can peruse the many versions and take what they wish, free of charge. Auberbach hopes that the tracts will “educate, activate, infuriate, explicate, obfuscate, and titillate.” The project focuses 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.

About the APS Museum

In 2001, a new museum was founded at the American Philosophical Society (APS), our nation’s oldest learned society. It opened the doors of historic Philosophical Hall to the public for the first time since Charles Willson Peale closed his renowned Philadelphia Museum there in the early 19th century. Over the past eight years, the APS Museum has presented sophisticated exhibitions combining provocative contemporary art work with historical materials from the APS’s wide-ranging collections on American history and science from the Founding Fathers to the computer age.  Distinguished artists have included Brett Keyser, Winifred Lutz, Sue Johnson, Roderick Coover, Eve Andrée Laramée, and Mark Dion.

Out of Print

Program support for Out of Print is provided by The Barra Foundation, Inc. Out of Print is a collaboration between Philagrafika and five historic collections in Philadelphia including: the American Philosophical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Independence Seaport Museum, the Rosenbach Museum & Library; and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology.


Venue Information

APS Museum location:
104 S. 5th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
**Please note** The APS Museum is located just south of the corner of Chestnut and 5th Street. The festival map places the APS Museum north of the site.

The Tract House storefront location:

231 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

(215) 440-3442






The Tract House Hours:

Friday thru Sunday 11am - 5 pm
First Fridays 11am - 8pm


APS Museum hours:

Check APS Museum website



Admission: The APS Museum does not charge admission, but a $1 donation is requested for adults.