Educator, Author, Ceramicist
Collection size: 5 items.
Collection Summary: Miscellaneous Wood documents found in the registrarial files, including a letter, 1967 June 27, from wood to Ala Story; a photograph of Wood, ca. 1916, with a note on the verso, "Beatrice Wood before meeting Marcel"; a photo of Wood signed, "Affectionaement, Beatrice Wood, Paris, 1928"; a photograph entitled, "Breatrice Wood in Catus Garden, Ojai, Calif. 1957"; and a typescript of Wood's manuscript "Reflections of a Wonderful Day with Marcel Duchamp and Louise Arensberg."
Biographical/Historical Note: Ceramist; Ojai, Calif., b. 1893. Beatrice Wood was born in San Francisco in 1893 and was taken to New York a few years thereafter. A prominent ceramist, her career spanned most of the 20th century. After education and a brief theatrical career in France, she settled in New York City where she became intimate with the Dadaists, notably her mentor, Marcel Duchamp. She also became close to the collectors Walter and Louise Arensberg, whom she followed to California when they moved to Hollywood in the late 1930s.
Donated 2000 by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, via Robert Henning, director of curatorial services. The items were included in the museum's registrarial files.
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Also in the Archives
- Beatrice Wood letter to Anna Bing Arnold, 1973 Apr. 30
- Beatrice Wood papers from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, [ca. 1940]-1990
- Beatrice Wood papers, 1852-1998
- Oral history interview with Beatrice Wood, 1976 Aug. 26
- Oral history interview with Beatrice Wood, 1992 Mar. 2
- Image Gallery items from other collections related to Wood, Beatrice