Sneak peek at 'Beatrice Wood: Career Woman' at Santa Monica Museum of Art
The museum extravaganza known as Pacific Standard Time, a set of exhibitions exploring different slices of Southern California art history, doesn't officially kick into gear until the first week of October. But a handful of the 60 exhibitions are opening early, including a survey of Beatrice Wood's work at the Santa Monica Museum of Art opening Friday night.
Born in 1893, Wood earned the nickname the Mama of Dada for her role in the early avant-gardes in New York, where she was Marcel Duchamp's friend--some say lover. But her more tangible contribution took the form of lusterware ceramics she made later in Ojai: plates, chalices, teapots, and other vessels that glint like precious metals.
Click at right for a gallery of highlights from the show, the first of a series of Pacific Standard Time slide shows that will be featured on Culture Monster. Read more about "Beatrice Wood: Career Woman--Drawings, Paintings, Vessels and Objects."
Image: Beatrice Wood in her studio in Ojai, California. Photograph by Bill Dow, 1987.