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Visiting Artist: Melissa Hilliard Potter – Like Other Girls Do

From the evolution of gender queer pronouns, to gender-fluid, non-binary and non-conforming bodies and identities, Melissa Hilliard Potter’s artwork explores ancient cultural traditions in the context of contemporary conversations on gender expression. The screening of her documentary film Like Other Girls Do presents Montenegro’s “last sworn virgin”; a Balkan woman allowed to assume a male identity through an oath of celibacy because her family had no male heirs. Following the screening, the conversation will start with Dr. Sandra Bem’s Sex Role Inventory test, which radically re-envisioned gender roles in their cultural context and remains one of the primary tools for gender psychology and cultural analysis today. More about her work that explores gender rituals, identity, family traditions, honor, and sexuality can be found at http://www.melpotter.com/ Potter is a three-time Fulbright Scholar, an artist, an independent filmmaker, and a handmade-paper specialist. Her art work and short films have been exhibited internationally from New York City to Belgrade, and have received support from CEC ArtsLink, the Soros Foundation for Arts and Culture, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Co-sponsored by: Painting + Printmaking Department and VCUarts Inclusion Infusion Initiative

This event is funded by the VCUarts Inclusion Infusion Initiative. The initiative funds visiting artists, designers, performers and scholars whose work offers a catalyst for student dialogue about diverse aspects of identity–culture, class, race, gender, sexuality, religion. For other Inclusion Infusion events, search “Inclusion” on the VCUarts calendar.


April 12, 2017
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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