The Risen Lord - Holy Cross Cemetary
“Uncle Joe designed this statue for St. Mary’s church which was later named Holy Cross Cemetary. This parish helped all of Fargo and other areas with their parish needs. The bishops of the Fargo area diocese are buried in front of this monument and the priests are buried around it,” said Barb Noland.
This is an eight foot bronze statue called The Risen Lord. It was designed in the 1940s. The Holy Cross Cemetery is at 1502 32nd Avenue North in Fargo, North Dakota.
This is a photo of Barb when she visited Parkchester in the Bronx. The family sculpture above the door behind her, as well as the detail, were done by Joe Kiselewski. They are located at 1520 Archer Road in Bronx.
The apartment complex that includes the apartment behind Barb was built by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company from 1939 to 1942. The apartments, which included housing for 12,000 families, were called Parkchester. Now the entire neighborhood is called Parkchester and the apartments are condominiums.
Metropolitan Life displayed a model of the complex, which included bowling alleys, theaters, and shops, at the 1939 Worlds Fair in Queens. They commissioned Joe, and other artists, to create inspirational and entertaining art throughout the community. The projet was an affordable haven for soldiers, returning from WWII, and their families.
This medal by Joe, titled World Peace, was created in 1946 and is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. They describe it as follows.
“Research has not revealed the purpose of Joseph Kiselewski’s medal or the source of the commission. The obverse side shows a figure of peace, arms extended across the world. On the reverse, a dove holds an olive branh and rests upon a book, suggesting that the way to peace is through education. Kiselewski designed his medal in 1946, immediately after World War II, and it may be linked to the efforts of the United Nations, whose charter is to preserve world peace.”
However, the Smithsonian got it wrong. World Peace was commissioned by the now defunct Society of Medalists. It was the thirty-third of the Society’s 129 mostly bronze medals issued from 1930 to 1995. The Society commissioned many well known sculptors throughout the years including Lee Lawrie, Joe’s long time friend, mentor, and employer.
The St. Anne Sculptures
Correspondence between Barb Noland and the archivist, Tom Ward, at the Diocese of Covington, KY led Tom to write an article about two pieces Joe made for the Diocese in 1949. The article can be read on page 8 of the Messenger of July 3rd, 2020.
Barb visiting Joe’s “Our Lady of Marydale” at the St. Anne Retreat Center in the Covington, Kentucky Catholic diocese in Kentucky during the summer of 2021. She’s holding a bust of Our Lady that Joe made as part of the project. Barb sent images of this bust to Tom Ward which Mr. Ward used to locate the entire statue, as described in his July 2020 Messenger article.