June 16, 2017
Reuben Nakian, Juno, 1992, bronze, 86 x 90 1/2 x 84 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1993.
Juno, the sculpture gracing the front exterior entrance of the BYU Museum of Art was created by American sculptor Reuben Nakian (1897-1986). This abstract sculpture stumps some viewers as to what it could be, but perhaps the title gives a clue. The sculpture’s namesake is Juno, the Roman goddess and matriarch over the other Roman gods and goddesses. Juno is also the namesake of the month of June. Many of Nakian’s other abstract sculptures are also named after antiquity gods and goddess or commemorate events from ancient mythology.