Luce Foundation

March 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Greetings, knitters! There’s starting to be a hint of spring in the air and the wintery woolies will soon be replaced with wispy laceweight. Looks like spring is finally here!

This blogger recently stumbled across the Luce Foundation, a fantastic collection of work that resides inside the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC under the Smithsonian umbrella. The Portrait Gallery is a gem of a museum and happens to be my favorite. The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Foundation builds upon the vision and values of four generations of the Luce family: broadening knowledge and encouraging the highest standards of service and leadership. A not-for-profit corporation, the Luce Foundation operates under the laws of the State of New York and aims to exemplify the best practices of responsible, effective philanthropy.

Henry Luce

Not does the Luce Foundation bring you up close and personal to amazing works, they are extremely family friendly as well. Hosting an innovative text messaging scavenger hunt (which this blogger participated in and had a grand time), talks, activities and other events, you can spend an entire day there and still not see everything. Children and adults alike will adore this collection.

While on my way out I stumbled across “The Sick Child” by J. Bond Francisco, a Cincinnati, Ohio native born in 1863. Purchased in 1991 and housed on the 4th floor of the foundation, I found this painting to be very unusual. While there are myriad paintings with people (usually women or children) knitting, it’s rare to see the knitter using DPNs (double pointed needles). The knitter is usually on straights or circular needles. A beautiful work of art and with knitting? Fantastic!

© Smithsonian American Art Museum

A close up of the diligent knitter:

Next time you find yourself in Washington, DC, definitely check out the Luce Foundation. There’s something for everyone and admission is free.

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