To celebrate Indiana’s 200th year of being a state, Governor Mike Pence announced a signature event, the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay. The torch was carried 2,300 miles by renowned people from each of Indiana’s 92 counties, starting in Corydon, the first state capital, to the current capital of Indianapolis.
The torch was a working replica of the torch in the center of the state flag, and the route went past locations of natural beauty, local interest, and sites that were significant in Indiana history. The torchbearers were nominated by their peers in each county. Some walked or ran, while others utilized transport symbolic of the history and heritage of Indiana, like Indianapolis race cars, Studebakers and other cars manufactured in Indiana, horse and wagon, farm equipment, and watercraft.
In recognition of his contribution to the cultural life of St. Joseph County, Tuck was invited to ride in a Studebaker Lark, driven by the executive director of the Studebaker Museum in South Bend, from Indiana University South Bend to the University of Notre Dame.
The torches had internal cameras that could take photos of movies of important sites and people along the road – or a selfie of the torchbearer. Look online to find these movies.
Are you ready to be surprised? This retrospective begins with sculptures Tuck made as a young art student, goes through his early years of teaching, and concludes with his professional years. There is a lot of abstract work as well as the figurative sculpture for which he is best known.
The retrospective exhibition is held at Indiana University South Bend, June 6 – July 23, 2017 at the gallery. A companion display is in the entrance to the Schurz Library on campus. That display consists of eighteen heads, both real and imagined. It will be up throughout June and July.
This painted pine and steel wall sculpture was created in 1971.
Tuck’s sculpture, Matriarch, is now on display along Lake Michigan in the 2016 Biennial Sculpture Exhibition organized by the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan. You can see this exhibition through next summer.
The Haan Museum of Indiana Art in Lafayette, Indiana now owns six of Tuck’s sculptures. Four are inside the museum, and two large sculptures will go into their new sculpture garden by the end of this summer. Watch their website for news. haanmuseum.org
Venus Rising will be featured in the Haan Museum of Indiana Art sculpture garden.
As part of the 200th anniversary celebration for the State of Indiana, Mark Ruschman, art curator at the Indiana State Museum, has created a show called “Two Hundred Years of Indiana Art: A Cultural Legacy.” Tuck’s bronze200 Years of Indiana Art sculpture, Femme d’Afrique, was one of the artworks chosen to show the legacy being created by today’s living artists.
The show traces Indiana art from Pioneers and Native Americans through all the groups we associate with Indiana, like Brown County artists and the Hoosier Salon. to modern day. The labels were so well researched, I wish they were making the show into a book!
The Indiana State Museum is in White River State Park in Indianapolis. The show continues through October 2nd.
In the Midwest:
The Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, Indiana is currently holding its annual show, the 37th ELKHART JURIED REGIONAL 2015, from October 9 to December 6, 2015. As a lifetime student of art history, Tuck frequently recreates, improves on, or takes off on classical sculptures. His newest “classical” Greek sculpture, Transgender Kouros, is in the show.
Transgender Kouros at the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, Indiana
In the South:
“PERFORMANCE IN SCULPTURE” exhibition is at the Straz Center for Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida. This two-year show runs from September 21, 2015 to June 2017. Included is Tuck Langland’s Acting Man, a bronze with a colorful “paintina.” Tuck coined the word paintina, combining the usual patina and the word paint, because extremely thin solutions of oil paint and water are applied, hot, on top of the primary patina. He builds up the colors. They are not painted on. Acting Man is from Tuck’s Performing Arts Triptych, which includes Singing Man, Dancing Man, and Acting Man. Singing Man had been in a previous show at the Straz.
Acting Man, center, is part of the Performing Arts Trilogy