Ancient Greeks Curator Talk

Join Jane Groufsky, Senior Collection Manager Human History, for an evening discussing how Ancient Greek icons influenced designers in the 1990s.

Jane Groufsky, Senior Collection Manager, Human History
Ancient Greeks Curator Talk

Grecian Style in the 1990s

Jane Groufsky, Senior Collection Manager, Human History

TUE 6 SEP, 6PM
MUSEUM AUDITORIUM, LEVEL 2
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From the iconic Medusa logo of the Versace brand to the popular Aegean blue-and-white interior aesthetic, Grecian style flourished in the design sphere of the 1990s. Classical ornamental features like the Greek Key border motif were used alongside literal depictions of gods and goddesses drawn from art history.

Join Jane Groufsky, Senior Collection Manager Human History, for an evening discussing how Ancient Greek icons influenced designers in the 1990s.

About Jane Groufsky
Senior Collection Manager Jane Groufsky was also formerly Project Curator of Tāmaki Herenga Waka: Stories of Auckland, a major new permanent exhibition of the people and stories of Auckland. Previous roles have focussed on applied arts and design, and Jane has strong research interests in textiles, fashion and decorative arts, and has published internationally, including contributing to the Ockham NZ Book Awards long-listed Crafting Aotearoa (Te Papa Press 2019).

I am interested in how social history can be read through textiles, and what they reveal about the attitudes and values of an era. My research style includes learning-through-doing, and I have experimented with screenprinting, dressmaking, shibori dyeing, linocut printing, stencilling, quilting, needlework and jewellery making.

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Handbag, 1990s. Gianna Versace. AWMM. 2016.7.15.