Frank H. Kenan Fellowship, 2017–18
Otto is currently working on a book titled Haunted Bauhaus, which challenges conventional understandings of the Bauhaus, interwar Europe’s most influential art institution. This is the first sustained investigation of the Bauhaus’s ongoing engagement with the body in relation to spiritualism and the occult, gender and figuration, and the Surreal in order to explain the embrace of the irrational which lurks beneath the sleek surfaces and cold structures most commonly associated with the school. She is also completing two collaborative projects: Bauhaus Bodies, a co-edited volume, and a book titled Global Bauhaus Women, both with Patrick Rössler.
- Ph.D., the History of Art (with a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies), the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- M.A., Art History, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
- B.A., Art History, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
Otto is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Getty, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Humanities Center. At the University at Buffalo, her awards include a Faculty Fellowship from the Humanities Institute and a Research Award from the Gender Institute. Her 2011 “International New Woman” Conference was funded in part by a SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines grant. During the 2017-18 academic year she is completing her Haunted Bauhaus book project as the Frank H. Kenan Fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.
- Otto, Elizabeth, and Burcu Dogramaci, eds. Passages of Exile. Exilforschung, 35. München: Edition Text + Kritik, 2017.
- Otto, Elizabeth. “Passages with Friedl Dicker Brandeis: From the Bauhaus through Theresienstadt.” In Passages of Exile, edited by Elizabeth Otto and Burcu Dogramaci, 230–52. Exilforschung, 35. München: Edition Text + Kritik, 2017.
- Otto, Elizabeth. “Fragments of the World Seen Like This: Photocollage at the Bauhaus.” In The Photocollages of Joseph Albers, Sarah Meister, 110–21. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2016.
- Morehead, Allison, and Elizabeth Otto. “Representation in the Age of Mediumistic Reproduction, from Symbolism to the Bauhaus.” In The Symbolist Roots of Modern Art, edited by Michelle Facos and Thor J. Mednick. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2015.