Divergent Convergence: The Arts of Creativity, Discovery & Inquiry

March 31 - July 21, 2019

The highest levels of creativity require both divergent and convergent thinking. Divergent thinking, whether as an individual or as a collective, encourages the generation of numerous solutions and ideas. Convergent thinking promotes the use of information and a set of rules to arrive at a single solution to a problem. This exhibition is offered as part of the University of Florida's campus-wide, year-long celebration of invention and creativity, and investigates how various artists discover and question the past, reinterpret the present, and imagine the future.

This exhibition includes more than 55 artists from 18 countries. The wide range of media—from ceramics, light sculpture, and film to paintings, prints, and drawings—allows for the convergence of diverse voices and ideas to enliven discussions throughout the galleries. Both divergent and convergent thinking and processes have led to creative production of the works on view and will continue to inform your interpretation during your visit.

Multiple ways for visitors to interact with the art on view include experiencing performances and participating in activities developed by the Gator VR (Virtual Reality) Club, UF Professor Dr. Elif Akçalı, and the Harn “Creatives-in-Residence”--Choreographer-in-Residence, Composer-in-Residence, and Poet-in-Residence. These programs, developed through a collaboration of museum educators and curatorial staff, with University of Florida faculty and students, provide new artistic experiences for both the creators and viewers.

The exhibition is made possible by The Collier Companies and Nathan & Ani Collier, the Margaret J. Early Program Endowment, the Harn Program Endowment, and the Londono Family Endowment, with additional support from a group of local museum supporters and the Harn Annual Fund.

Learn more from artists featured in Divergent Convergence with an audio tour.




Member pARTy
Saturday, March 30
6:30 - 9 pm

Family Day
Saturday, April 6
1 – 4 pm

Gallery Talk
"Ways of Seeing"
Sunday, April 7
3 pm

Museum Nights
Art + Engineering
Thursday, April 11
6 – 9 pm

Convergence: Music & Art
by Harn Creatives-in-Residence
Saturday, April 20
1 - 4 pm

Poetry Readings
by Harn Poets-in-Residence
Saturday, May 4
3 pm

Museum Nights
Innovate + Create
Thursday, July 11
6 – 9 pm

Guided Tours
Sat. and Sun.
2 p.m.

BSC "Always On"
April - June


Image credits
Slide 1
Left: Kenneth A. Kerslake, "The Star Spangled Man," print, 1967, gift of Kenneth A. Kerslake
Right: Tony Robbin, "D52," n.d., digital print, gift of Norma Canelas Roth and William D. Roth
Slide 2
Left: Radcliffe Bailey, "Returnal," 2008, mixed media, museum Purchase, funds provided by the Ruth P. Phillips Art Acquisition Endowment, with additional funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund
Right: Jerry Uelsmann, "Dream Theater," 2004, pigment inkjet print [Epson], gift of Jerry N. Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor
Slide 3
Left: Audrey Flack, "Islandia, Goddess of the Healing Waters," 1988, polychrome and gilded plaster, museum purchase, funds provided by members of the Cofrin family
Right: Ana Mendieta, "Volcano Series no. 2 (Volcán, serie no. 2)," 1979, color photographs, museum purchase, funds provided by the Caroline Julier and James G. Richardson Acquisition Fund