Home > Design > Culture > Art in the era of Charles Darwin, a master typographer, and more … Culture Posted on: February 10, 2009 Art in the era of Charles Darwin, a master typographer, and more … By Hannah McCann Mike Morgan BOOK "The perfect typeface does not yet exist," Jan Tschichold said in 1935. The calligrapher revolutionized graphic design by marrying two relatively new forms: the sans serif typeface Futura and advertising photography. Tschichold later disavowed Futura (it reminded him of fascism) and created the conservative serif Sabon as a way to bring ultimate clarity in communication. Jan Tschichold¡ Master Typographer: His Life, Work and Legacy (edited by Cees W. de Jong) illuminates his thinking. $75; Thames & Hudson Carnegie Museum of Art EXHIBIT Illuminated models of 20 projects by Laboratory of Architecture, the Mexico City firm led by Fernando Romero, share space with large photographs of a U.S./Mexico border in transition at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art. Feb. 28-May 31. cmoa.org Royal Ontario Museum EXHIBIT The ancient Trypilians thrived for nearly three millennia in a place we now call Ukraine. They built sophisticated settlements of two-story houses but burned them down every 60 to 80 years. No one knows why. Artifacts and hypotheses are on display in Mysteries of the Ancient Ukraine: The Remarkable Trypilian Culture (5400-2700 BC) at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Through March 22. www.rom.on.ca Mike Morgan BOOK Tiny Houses measures less than 7 inches square but looks like it will be the new big thing in the carbon footprint conversation. Mimi Zeiger, editor of Loud Paper and an ARCHITECT contributor, presents an international collection of more than 30 homes, each under 1,000 square feet, that together make a case for "microgreen living." $29.95; Rizzoli J. Mayer H., Courtesy SFMoMA EXHIBIT German wunderkind Jurgen Mayer H. immerses museumgoers in a sound and video experience at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The installation is driven by an unlikely muse: data protection patterns, those ubiquitous, dense compositions of numbers, letters, and logos on bank envelopes and shipping labels. Mayer H., an architect and artist, calls them "information mist." Through July 7. sfmoma.org Smithsonian Museum of American Art EXHIBIT Science made a lot of buzz in Charles Darwin's day. The big news was about something very old: the world's dramatic prehistory, freshly revealed in geological and paleontological discoveries. Nineteenth-century artists (like American painter Thomas Cole, whose The Subsiding of the Waters of the Deluge is shown above) helped spread the word by re-envisioning the natural landscape. Now, 150 years after the publication of On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, the Yale Center for British Art revisits the a-ha moment in the exhibition "'Endless forms': Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts." Feb. 12-May 3. yale.edu/ycba Hannah McCann For more news from the culture front, visit Hannah McCann's blog at architecturemagazine.com.