Divine Diversities is a student exhibition that examines some of the varied and meaningful interactions between humanity and the divine through the media of religious ritual and physical objects. The exhibit will display artifacts selected from the collections of the Art Museum of the University of Memphis that come from diverse cultures, places, and times. These items were used either to mediate interactions between religious followers and higher powers or to reveal the form of the divine.
From Ancient Egypt's polytheistic beliefs to modern global monotheistic religions, the exhibit will highlight examples of ritual, communication, veneration, and representation of the divine drawn from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and South America. Interpretive texts, images, and video will enhance the visitor experience. This exhibition will demonstrate that despite differences in time and the cultural diversity of the artifacts on display, there are still many connections to be made between modern society, religious practice, the objects, and the people that used them.
The exhibition will be on view from April 20 through June 1, 2019 in the Art Museum of the University of Memphis.
The museum is free and open to the public.
The opening reception will be held in the lobby of the Communication and Fine Arts building on the main campus of the University of Memphis on Saturday, April 20th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
The exhibition was developed by students at the University of Memphis for the course: Art History / Anthropology 4662/6662 – Museum Exhibitions. The exhibition, as well as the rest of the museum, is free and open to the public.
The Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM) is located on the main campus of the University of Memphis.
3750 Norriswood Dr.
142 Communication & Fine Art Building
Memphis, TN 38152
AMUM is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on University holidays and between temporary exhibitions. For details concerning closing dates, contact AMUM at 901.678.2224.
Admission is free.
Parking: Central Avenue lot (free on Saturdays; metered parking available on weekdays) or Innovation Drive Garage ($3/hr. every day).