Public Affairs
12:40 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Interviews with C.S. Merrill & Myra Maher

Sat. 1/29: Host Susan Loubet interviews Myra Maher about her recent trip to Cuba. And, an interview with poet C.S. Merrill, once a companion and assistant to Georgia O'Keeffe.

On Weekends with O'Keeffe by C.S. Merrill (from The University of New Mexico Press):

In 1973 Georgia O'Keeffe employed C. S. Merrill to catalog her library for her estate. Merrill, a poet who was a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, was twenty-six years old and O'Keeffe was eighty-five, almost blind, but still painting. Over seven years, Merrill was called upon for secretarial assistance, cooking, and personal care for the artist. Merrill's journals reveal details of the daily life of a genius. The author describes how O'Keeffe stretched the canvas for her twenty-six-foot cloud painting and reports on O'Keeffe's favorite classical music and preferred performers. Merrill provided descriptions of nature when she and the artist went for walks; she read to O'Keeffe from her favorite books and helped keep her space in meticulous order.

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