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Elizabeth Otto

Professor of Art History
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences


The Bauhaus, history of photography, European and American Art, visual culture, theories of montage, gender issues, art and religion

Head shot of Elizabeth Otto, University at Buffalo faculty expert on art history, including Bauhaus, modern art, Dada, surrealism, cubism, and gender.

Elizabeth Otto is an art and cultural historian whose research centers on early twentieth-century visual and media culture, with a focus on Europe.

An expert in modern art, Dada, surrealism, cubism and gender, Otto has investigated topics including the history of new media, film, gender and photography, and media culture.

She co-edited “The New Woman International: Photographic Representations, from the 1870s through the 1960s,” and “Passages of Exile,” which takes a closer look at routes of exodus as spaces of artistic, filmic and literary resonance from the twentieth century to the present.

Otto has also published extensively on the Bauhaus, widely considered 20th-century Europe’s most influential art institution. Her books on this topic — including works in progress and books co-authored or co-edited with colleagues — range from “Haunted Bauhaus,” which challenges conventional understandings of the Bauhaus, to “Bauhaus Women: A Global Perspective” and “Bauhaus Bodies: Gender, Sexuality, and Body Culture in Modernism’s Legendary Art School.”


Elizabeth Otto, PhD
Professor of Art History in the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences