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Georgia O’Keeffe at 92

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Thanks to YouTube, we were able to locate this phenomenal video with Georgia O’Keeffe when she was 92 years old. She discusses her love of the New Mexico landscape, her paintings of bones, and her Model-A Ford, among other things. Below the video,  Journeys Study Leader Ellen Bradbury Reid follows up on her previous post about O’Keeffe with more memories of the artist.

Some recollections from Ellen Bradbury Reid, who shared a personal bond with Georgia O’Keeffe in her later years.

“O’Keeffe never wore sunglasses because they changed the color of things. She wore big brimmed black hats. She made or had all her clothes made. She always made her own clothes, even when she was a small girl. When she was at Chatham Academy, an Episcopal girls school in Virginia, she would wear very plain simple dresses. Most of the Chatham girls were from the South and had lace and pretty bows on their dresses, and they longed to dress O’Keeffe up…but she resisted. She once said that if she had to figure out what color to wear each day it would be a waste of time. As a young woman she wore black, brown, and white, but as she grew older she wore only black and white.

O’Keeffe had many patterns for dresses that she saved and reused for years. Most of the dresses were cut on the bias and had batwing sleeves so that they moved beautifully and were comfortable. Once when she was older, her friend Juan Hamilton had a dress made following one of her standard patterns but in a mauve, plum color. O’Keeffe refused to wear it and gave it back to the dressmaker.”

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Photo: Art of Santa Fe

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
Photo: Alyssa Bobst

Personal collectibles at an artist’s home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Photo: Alyssa Bobst

Santa Fe, New Mexico has long been an epicenter for the arts, with more than 300 galleries and dealers, as well a dozen museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts. One of only nine cities in the world to be designated a UNESCO Creative City, Santa Fe is home to many programs dedicated to help emerging artists hone their craft. Artist Georgia O’Keeffe famously called New Mexico home, where the stunning landscapes inspired her work since her first visit there in 1929.

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The Day I Met Georgia O'Keeffe

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

I first met Georgia O’Keeffe on a spring morning. I had been invited to meet her because of my job as Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of New Mexico. I had studied her and knew that she could be cranky and that younger women fawning over her was one of her pet peeves. Nevertheless I could not resist bringing her some white lilacs from a beautiful old bush that had been planted by one of her old enemies, Edgar Hewett*.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Only One. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

Georgia O’Keeffe, Only One. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.

So, like so many others, I watched as she came out of her Abiquiu house, dressed in black, looking exactly as she did in the famous photos, and wearing the spiral Calder brooch. I was struck speechless.

As I was introduced, she looked hard at me and said: “Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, how did they let that happen?” I had no idea what to say, so I didn’t say anything, and she went on: “A woman, how did they let that happen? Come in.”

“I brought you some lilacs.” I finally ventured.

“They are dead,” she said. She was right; they were. It had been a hot drive from Santa Fe and I didn’t have the stems in water. “We have very good lilacs here in Abiquiu.” “I know,” I said, “but these are the last lilacs from a bush planted by Edgar Hewett.”

“Oh, then I like them very much,” she smiled. (more…)