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
Tuck has been creating the Pathfinder Award for the Indiana Sports Corporation for 28 years. This year’s recipient will be Condoleeza Rice, founder, with her father, of the Center for a New Generation, which is a program of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Venus Rising, foreground, was accepted into Art Prize 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
If you see this back (of Venus Rising) at the Art Prize event in Grand Rapids, Michigan in September, please vote for it! She will be displayed outside the DeVos Convention Center on the south side of the building, so you can see it any time, even if the center is closed. The Art Prize event is September 23 to October 11, 2015.
The public has TWO rounds of voting. Round One ends 11:59 AM on October 3rd. During Round One, you vote for your favorite artworks in four categories. (Tuck is entered into 3D category, sculpture.) The 20 winners of this round will be announced Oct. 4 at 1 PM. They become the finalists for the prize money.
Round Two voting takes place Oct 4, 2 PM – Oct 8, 11:59 AM.
Please include Tuck Langland’s Venus Rising in your first round vote for 3D (sculptures), and if it is in the finals, please vote for it again. It would be an honor if he could win this prize.
If you saw the first episode of Monument Guys on the History Channel, you may have noticed a photo of Tuck’s sculptures for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The Monument Guys series is about the bronze foundry Tuck uses for his big pieces, The Crucible, in Norman, Oklahoma. On Saturday night, July 25th beginning at 7 PM EDT, we will be able to see all the episodes in marathon on History Channel 2.
To see The Crucible’s tribute to Tuck, see: https://www.thecruciblellc.com/artist/tuck-langland-2/
And if you want to play “Spot the Langland Sculpture”, watch the slideshow of employees at work. https://www.thecruciblellc.com/employee1-3/ Look for On With Life! in the welding area, and The Spirits of Industry and Commerce, two 12′ figures towering over a group shot of employees.
ON WITH LIFE!
Borgees-Lee Hospital Dowagiac, MI
Matriarch in quilt called the Drunkard’s Path
Amish Country in northern Indiana hosts a free Quilt Garden Tour every year. This year there are over 20 quilt sites, and one of those quilts includes Tuck’s Matriarch sculpture in the center of it. The Premier Arts quilt is called Drunkard’s Path, but it had less to do with drunkards than with a route for runaway slaves to get to freedom. This site is at the corner of Main & Marion Streets in Elkhart, Indiana. While you are there, you can cross the street and visit the Midwest Museum of American Art, where you can see more of Tuck’s sculptures. Also, drive a mile north and see the quilts at the Ruthmere Mansion (302 E. Beardsley Avenue) and Wellfield Botanical Gardens (1011 North Main Street).
Quilt Gardens sign
Tethys, Goddess of Fresh Water
One sure sign of spring at Wellfield Gardens, in Elkhart, Indiana, is when the water is turned on for Tuck’s water feature. The figure is of Tethys, the Goddess of the Source of Fresh Water. Water overflows from her scallop shell, falling into the stream that moves through the garden.
Redwing Blackbird at Wellfield Gardens, Elkhart, Indiana
Another harbinger of spring is their lush planting of spring flowers, including the tulips by the reproduction windmills. And then there are all the birds, singing, courting, and building nests. If you travel through northern Indiana, do take the one mile detour off the Indiana tollroad to visit Wellfield Gardens and the Midwest Museum of American Art.
Spring Flowers at Wellfield Gardens, Elkhart, Indiana
The 70th anniversary of the death of Ernie Pyle, the WWII war correspondent, will be recognized on April 18th in places as different as the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum in Dana, Indiana and the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Okinawa, Japan.
Tuck’s sculpture of Ernie Pyle was unveiled at Indiana University in Bloomington last October. It depicts Ernie sitting on an ammunition box and typing on his Underwood typewriter. Across from him is another ammunition box to allow visitors to sit at the table with Ernie and type on their iPads. The sculpture is in front of the Media School, just inside the Sample Gates.
Ernie Pyle, Indiana University Bloomington campus, Media School
Closeup of Ernie Pyle’s typewriter