In 1916, Beatrice Wood met two men who would change not only her life but also the world of art history. Those men were Henri-Pierre Roché and Marcel Duchamp, one of the founding figures of the Dada art movement. Her work and relationships with the artists of the Dada movement comprise the documentary Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada, which will screen at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art on March 16.
Born to a wealthy family in San Francisco in 1893, Wood began painting young. She moved to Paris to study acting at the prestigious Comédie-Française, but returned to New York City as World War I commenced. It was in New York a couple of years later when she met Duchamp and his companions. Together, they created the avant-garde magazine The Blind Man and held gatherings with the likes of noted Surrealists Man Ray and Francis Picabia. Later in life, Wood took up ceramic sculpture in California and lived to the age of 105.
You can see Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada at SLOMA on March 16 at 7 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $5 for museum members and $7 for general public. For more info, visit sloma.org.