Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics

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Price
$34.95  $32.15
Publisher
MIT Press
Publish Date
Pages
296
Dimensions
7.4 X 0.9 X 9.1 inches | 2.12 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780262043298

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About the Author

Elizabeth Otto is Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

Reviews

Haunted Bauhaus is as eye-opening as it is door-opening... Haunted by utopian aspirations and its own history, the Bauhaus helped remake (and unmake) the world in ways its founders could never have anticipated.

--Artforum

Otto shows us that the dominant Bauhaus narrative erased valuable stories. One realizes that there cannot be one complete account of the non-compliant lives that passed through its doors. Yet, by tying these hidden and diverse stories together, the book provides a necessary starting point for future investigations into our marginalized pasts.

--Paprika

Example after example, [Elizabeth] Otto expands our view of a legendary institution, finally freeing it from the limiting confines of a tired old narrative. It's about time, she convinces us, to widen and refocus the scope of scholarly inquiry into the Bauhaus in order to truly understand its contemporary significance.

--The Brooklyn Rail

Certainly it is not incorrect to discuss the Bauhaus as a model of rational modernism. Real-estate agents and antique dealers have long adopted the name of the school thus, as a pleasant catchphrase. But Otto pointedly reveals that which almost inevitably must be omitted from such a perspective: the approach of the Weimar- and then Dessau-based design school was more occult, spiritual, queer, and politically radical than can be expressed by the general formula, "Bauhaus style."

--Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung