Haunted Files: The Eugenics Record Office


In Spring 2015, artists were invited to produce and perform new work in conversation with the A/P/A Institute at NYU exhibition Haunted Files: The Eugenics Record Office, an immersive recreation of the Long Island epicenter of the American eugenics movement.

Drawing from the exhibition’s reproduced materials, which included eugenics lecture notes, hand-drawn pedigree charts, and endless “human trait” files, these creative works engage with the history of scientific racism in the US and its enduring legacy on how we talk about and understand race, immigration, intelligence, and belonging.