Beatrice Wood
American, 1893–1998
Self Portrait, 1932
watercolor and pencil on paper
9 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches 
Museum purchase, 2011.330

Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada

November 16, 2013 - January 12, 2014

Graphics Gallery

Beatrice Wood created a complex, thoughtful, and inexhaustible oeuvre, working in a variety of media. Dubbed the "Mama of Dada," because of her involvement with the Dada art movement in New York City during the early 20th century, this exhibition features some of her works on paper from the FIA's permanent collection in conjunction with pieces from the collection of Dada expert Francis Naumann.

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From the Exhibition

  • Beatrice Wood, American, 1893–1998, A Press Conference of Twenty-Five Men Took Place, n.d., pencil, color pencil, 7 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches. Collection of the Flint Institute of Arts, Gift of Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, LLC, 2011.398

  • Beatrice Wood, American, 1893–1998, Explaining Where He Was the Night Before, 1977, watercolor and pencil, 9 7/16 x 12 5/8 inches. Collection of the Flint Institute of Arts, Gift of Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, LLC, 2011.354

  • Beatrice Wood, American, 1893–1998, I Eat Only Soy Bean Products, 1933, pencil, color pencil, 12 1/16 x 9 inches. Collection of the Flint Institute of Arts, Gift of Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, LLC, 2011.370

  • Beatrice Wood, American, 1893–1998, Theodore Spicer-Simson, pencil, 1925, 10 7/8 x 8 7/16 inches. Collection of the Flint Institute of Arts, Gift of Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, LLC, 2011.365

  • Beatrice Wood, American, 1893–1998, Untitled, n.d., watercolor and ink, 7 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches. Collection of the Flint Institute of Arts, Gift of Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, LLC, 2011.349