Barbara Kraft in conversation with Beatrice Wood
Beatrice Wood (1893-1998) was not only a prominent, studio potter, artist, and writer, but also a key figure in the modernist movement, whose nickname was the “Mama of Dada”. Her rich and colorful life spanned the course of the 20th century, and included many of its most innovative figures: Edgar Varese, Man Ray, and Marcel Duchamp were all close friends during her years in Paris and New York, when she did some professional acting. She moved to Ojai in 1948 to be near the Indian philosopher, Krishnamurti, and was a member of the Theosophical Society for the rest of her life. Not long before her death in 1998, nine days after her 105th birthday, Beatrice Wood liked to say that she owed her longevity to "chocolate and young men." This KUSC interview, a part of USC’s Sheila Tepper Archive, was recorded in 1993, in honor of her centenary. An exhibit entitled “Beatrice Wood: Career Woman—Drawings, Paintings, Vessels and Objects” is running at the Santa Monica Museum of Heart through March 12, as part of Pacific Standard Time.
Interview Recorded on 3/7/1993