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Works of Beatrice Wood on Display at Bergamot Station Museum  

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By Lookout Staff

October 21, 2011 -- The works of “Mama of Dada” Beatrice Wood will be on display this weekend at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.

The show is part of Pacific Standard Time, a collaboration of Southern California cultural institutions celebrating the birth of the L.A. art scene. Wood lived and worked in Los Angeles and Ojai during her most productive decades.

“Beatrice Wood: Career Woman – Drawings, Paintings, Vessels, and Objects” features more than 100 drawings, paintings, and clay objects produced during Wood's prolific career. Museum curators and docents will give tours of the exhibition throughout the day Saturday.

In her 105-year lifetime, Wood grew close to some of the great names of 20th Century culture, including artist Marcel Duchamp, musician Edgard Varèse and spiritual leader Jiddu Krishnamurti.

Best known her ceramics, she cultivated a playful, colorful, deliberately naïve style that belied a firm technical foundation.

Wood grew in productivity as she aged, writing books and creating ceramic sculpture. When asked for the secret to her longevity, she answered “art books, chocolates and young men.”

Saturday's show runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Santa Monica Museum of Art at Bergamot Station at 2525 Michigan Avenue.

A shuttle sponsored by the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Big Blue Bus connects Westside Pacific Standard Time shows, and a bike tour of four exhibitions is available. For a map and information about the shuttle and the bike tour, go to the Pacific Standard Time website page for the Santa Monica Museum of Art show.

Future Pacific Standard Time events at the Santa Monica Museum of Art include a conversation with Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio, ceramic scholars and visionary gallerists, about their memories of Wood on Tuesday, November 9, and Garth Clark's talk on Wednesday, November 10, about his recent book, which examines Lucio Fontana’s long use of clay from early figurative works to late abstract sculptures.

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