The museum of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia (Twitter/Facebook/Flickr), whose long-running exhibit Dialogues with Darwin was nicely captured in photos (set on Flickr) by biologist Colin Purrington (Axis of Evo/Twitter/Facebook), has just launched The Tract House: A Darwin Edition.
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.
You can view all the various Darwin tracts here.