Savage Mind to Savage Machine: Design, Racial Science, and the Ergonomics of the Spirit

By Ginger Nolan

This exhibition is based on a forthcoming book, Savage Mind to Savage Machine: Racial Science and Twentieth-Century Design. This historically researched study addresses a gap in existing literature on modernist primitivism by revealing discursive connections between technologically oriented design practices, a preoccupation with so-called “primitive” thought, and constructions of race. Professor Nolan hopes that viewers will be encouraged to consider various strains of design history in light of these connections.

This exhibition ended on Sept. 26, 2020.