Tuck’s most recent public sculpture was used as a symbol of commitment to the struggle for equal justice in Saturday’s South Bend Tribune op ed piece. In the photo, robed judges stand on both sides of the sculpture. The article explained that “members of the state and federal judiciary in St. Joseph County gathered on September 7th to show their commitment to equal justice and civil rights.” The op ed piece was written by two of the county judges.
The sculpture depicts Martin Luther King Jr. and Father Theodore Hesburgh at a civil rights rally in Chicago in 1967. It was installed this past June in the Equality and Justice area of South Bend, Indiana. It stands across from the courthouse on Main Street.
The late Father Hesburgh was president of the University of Notre Dame, which is in South Bend. He worked with all presidents from Eisenhower to Obama on many issues, especially civil rights.
“We Shall Overcome” is the name of Tuck’s newest public sculpture. It will be unveiled in downtown South Bend, Indiana this Wednesday morning, June 21, 2017, at 11 AM. The double portrait sculpture commemorates an event that happened on June 21, 1964, when the University of Notre Dame’s Father Theodore Hesburgh locked arms with the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. to sing that song at a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago.
The over-lifesize sculpture will stand in the Leighton Plaza, 130 S. Main Street, across from the courthouse. The public is invited to march to the site from the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1522 Linden Ave., leaving at 10:30 AM to arrive at the site for the 11 AM unveiling ceremony. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, Dr. Virginia Calvin, head of the African American Fund of the St. Joseph County Community Foundation, and Tuck Langland, sculptor, will each speak briefly. The ceremony will end with everyone singing We Shall Overcome.
Tuck Langland recently received word that he received a Best of Show award of $1,000 for his outdoor sculpture, Solitude. It is in the SculptureWalk show in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This outdoor exhibition continues through September 30, 2017.
Recent University of Maryland graduate, Hayley Fixler, granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, interviewed Tuck at the Midwest Museum of American Art.
When Lester Wolfson became chancellor of the fledgling Indiana University of South Bend campus, he hired Tuck to teach sculpture in a three-man art department. As the art department and the campus grew together, the campus became a four-year institution and began to offer degrees. Tuck was responsible for getting permission for the art department to award BA and later BFA degrees. In all his efforts, Lester Wolfson stood behind him.
Five years ago, the university wanted to celebrate Lester’s accomplishments with a portrait bust. While the university transformed a section of the auditorium vestibule into a beautifully lit setting, Tuck was creating the bust and its pedestal. Faculty members were invited to attend the bronze pour at Fire Arts in downtown South Bend, and Lester’s son, George, was asked to hold one end of the pouring shank. Months later, Lester and the Wolfson family were at the university ceremony to unveil the finished bronze. (See video, posted in this blog on June 29, 2013.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzScF4JwnrA
On Friday we received news that Lester Wolfson, age 93, has passed on. Rest in peace, Lester.
Tuck’s series of portrait sculptures, part of a proposed Holocaust Memorial, is part of the Holocaust Remembrance Show at the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, Indiana. Tuck conceived the memorial and created the sculptures after a moving visit to the camps in 1992. Along with the sculptures, which are part of the museum’s collection, the exhibit includes paintings by Adam and Peggy Grant. Adam’s artistic ability enabled him to survive the death camp. After the war, he moved to the United States and settled in the Midwest. The show will be up through March 1, 2017.
Tuck had a retrospective exhibition at Indiana University South Bend, including eighty sculptures plus twenty-two photos of his major public sculptures. The show was called Tuck Langland: From Art Student to Young Art Professor to Professional Sculptor.
The exhibit began in chronological order and then branched out to topical groupings. Some topics included sports figures, Africans and African Americans, post-India figures, bone china pieces, and medals. His large signature sculptures were represented by small maquettes and large photographs of the pieces in situ.
Tuck filled the gallery with some sculptures never before exhibited as well as old favorites. Many visitors were unaware of Tuck’s abstract sculptures, which drew a lot of attention.
The show traced and explained his journey from art student to young art professor to professional sculptor. Using sculptures, and didactic signage, it illustrated how limitations and opportunities at each stage of his career shaped his choice of sculpture materials. It also explained how travel experiences and also interactions with colleagues expanded his career.
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