On view

American, 1951
Janice, 2024
Aluminum, paint
6 ft. 5/8 in. x 48 in. x 60 1/2 in. (184.4 x 121.9 x 153.7 cm)
Courtesy of the Artist and Pace Gallery
Photo by David Schulze
In Janice, Shechet’s playful titling encourages a slippage of language and a multiplicity of meanings. While read  as a woman’s name, the title is also a homophone for Janus, the two-headed ancient Roman god of change, transition, beginnings and endings, entrances and exits, duality, and doorways.  The sculpture’s suggestive striding stance and doubled forms further underscore this reference. Positioned in view of the main entrance to the Museum Building’s galleries, Janice fills up its surrounding space and acts as a hinge between the indoor and outdoor works.