Laurie Toby Edison



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February 7th-22nd, 2015
Two of my portraits, Sue H. (Women En Large) and Kim Manri (Women of Japan), are in Transforming Community: Disability, Diversity and Access at the Westbeth Gallery in NYC.
November 25—December 15 2014
My portrait of Tracy Blackstone and Debbie Notkin from Women En Large is in the exhibition Body, at the PH21 Gallery, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary.
July 21st - September 18th, 2014
Four of my portraits: Marlo Gayle and Samuel R Delany (from Familiar Men), Hiroko Hagiwara (from Women of Japan), and lesbian erotic artist Tee Corinne are in LGBT Art: Our Common Wealth, at the Commonwealth Club gallery in San Francisco.
June 7th-28th 2014
Two of my nude portraits: Lesbian erotic artist Tee Corinne and Science Fiction Grand Master Samuel R Delany, are in Body, body, bodies, a feature exhibition of the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival at the SOMArts Gallery in San Francisco.
May 15th 2014
I'm moderating a panel "Time, Contingency and Memory: As Elements of Art" at Wiscon, the world's premier feminist science fiction convention (Madison, Wisconsin). I'll be discussing, among other things, my new Memory Landscape: A Visual Memoir project. Panelists are editor Debbie Notkin and writers Pat Murphy and Nisi Shawl.
April 15th-30th 2014
My portrait of Okinawan activist Fumiko Nakamura will be exhibited in Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art at LuXun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, China. The show is a collaboration between the Women’s Caucus of the Arts and the Academy.
July 15 2013
I gave a lecture to Kathi Rick's photography class at Portland Community College. The class was both making photos and studying photography and Body image from a feminist perspective.
October 11 2012
The Huffington Post included me in 30 GLBT Artists and Performers to Follow. My photo of Bob Guter was in the slide show.
October 2012
A text book for their new photography course, Gesture and Meaning, was published by Open College of the Arts, Barnsley UK with my portrait of April Miller and text about my work.
October 23 to November 6, 2012
The "Woman + Body" travels to the Gwangju Cultural Foundation’s MediaCube 33 in Gwangju, South Korea.
October 13-19 2012
Three of my photographs are exhibited at Kepco Plaza Gallery Museum Seoul, South Korea. The show "Woman + Body", is the Women’s Caucus of the Arts international exhibition. The three photos are from Women En Large and Familiar Men.
July 28 2012
I presented the Carl Brandon Society’s Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship to Lisa Bolekaja at the Clarion Writers Workshop in San Diego. I posted about it in Body Impolitic.
June 26 2012
The Huffington Post included me in their 30 LGBT Artists You Should Know. I chose my photo of Bob Guter for their slide show.
February 2012
Fat Studies: An International Journal of Body Weight and Society is published. It includes a extremely perceptive review by Stefanie Snider of Women En Large and The Full Body Project.
April 12 to June 24 2012
The 35th Anniversary of the National Museum of Art, Osaka: The Allure of the Collection, includes six of Laurie's photographs with texts from their permanent collection. This is a celebratory exhibition of 350 works from the 20th and 21st centuries that includes a contemporary photography show based on works that the museum has acquired since the mid-'90s.
March 2012
I am delighted that my photograph of Bob Guter from Familiar Men was among the work chosen for Selected Works from the Collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka Japan.
January 7 to April 8 2012
The exhibition Collection at the National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan includes three of Laurie’s photographs from Women En Large and Familiar Men with texts. In this exhibition, they introduce a group of works from their collection, centering on recent acquisitions.
Winter 2011/2012
Junko Fukazawa, who (among other things) writes, curates and gives workshops on feminism and art. is writing a short article about women and art in the journal We Learn. She is one of the core of people that I work with on my Women of Japan Project. Her thoughts and support are very important to the work. It’s published by The Foundation of Japan Association for Women’s Education [1.25 MB PDF]. The foundation is highly respected by the women’s groups and women’s centers in Japan. She is writing from a feminist perspective about a self-portrait of Alice Neel at 80, and an image from Women En Large.
December 2011
The English feminist erotica magazine Filament (self-described as 72 pages of intelligent thought and beautiful men. The thinking woman’s crumpet), published a long interview with Laurie in issue 9 that included a group of images from Familiar Men. The interviewer’s very thoughtful questions certainly lived up to their description.
February 2011
The fashion/political magazine Dazed and Confused/Korea (there is also a British and a Japanese version of the magazine), published an article, “Ugly Beautiful,” that was about beauty outside the narrow limits of fashion. It was illustrated by a large number of images including Laurie’s, Botero’s, and Irving Penn’s.
May 22-25, 2009
At WisCon 33, the world feminist science fiction convention, Laurie will participate in the panel Metal, Beads, Fiber and High Geekiness. “Geekiness” implies a high level of focus and knowledge. Jewelry, sculpture, and other “material” arts can have an intense focus on conceptual and intellectual content.
March 1, 2009
Laurie was at Potlatch (a gathering of the writers and readers of literary science fiction and fantasy. She moderated the panel Helixes, Corals, and Brains: Oh My!, a discussion about crafts based on math, science, and nature.
July 18–20, 2008
Laurie moderated the panel Mirrors: Ours, The Media’s, Our Culture’s and Our Kids’ on Moms, children, and body issues, at BlogHer'08, the national women’s bloggers conference in San Francisco.
June 21, 2008
Professor Rebecca Jennison from Kyoto Seika University gave a talk about Laurie’s work in conjunction with the Gender Equality Forum at the Minato Center in Tokyo. The theme of the forum was health and body image.
June 17-29, 2008
All three of Laurie’s portrait suites were featured in an exhibition at the Gender Equality Forum hosted by the Minato Center in Tokyo. Topics of the forum included sexuality, relaxation, food and health, reproductive rights, women’s lives, health and aging, and more.
May 24, 2008
Laurie, Mari Kotani, Debbie Notkin, and Manami Tachibana appeared at WisCon 32, the world’s first feminist science fiction convention, in a panel and slide show about the Women of Japan project. Photos from Women of Japan were in the convention art show. The photograph of Fukazawa Junko won the art show award for “Most Feminist.”
April 16, 2008
Laurie spoke on Deborrah Cooper’s online radio show, Sucka-Free Dating. Listen to the whole show at the link.
September 13, 2007
Laurie spoke about Women of Japan at the Kyoto International Manga Museum. Other participants included Professor Rebecca Jennison from Kyoto Seika University and photography critic Mika Kobayashi, both of whom have portraits in Women of Japan.
Aug. 31 – Sep. 2, 2007
All of the photographs from Women of Japan (with model’s texts) were shown at the Pacifico Convention Center Convention in Yokohama, Japan as an exhibit of Nippon 2007 (the World Science Fiction Convention). This was the first exhibit of all 40 of the photographs in Japan.
July 27, 2007
Laurie spoke on the body image panel “Our Bodies, Our Blogs” at Blogher, the third annual National Women’s bloggers conference in Chicago (July 27-28).
June 3 – June 28, 2007
The first solo exhibit of Tee Corinne’s Scars, Stoma, Ostomy Bag, Portacath: Picturing Cancer In Our Lives, was sponsored by the Queer Cultural Center and held at the SomARTS Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. in San Francisco, curated by Aspen May.
Laurie’s nude of Tee, taken the summer before she died, was Tee’s chosen artist’s portrait for the exhibition.
May 25–28, 2007
Photographs from Women of Japan (with models texts) were in the Art Show of the 30th Wiscon in Madison, Wisconsin. Wiscon is the first and foremost feminist science fiction convention in the world. Laurie and Debbie attended. They also participated in a panel on Japanese feminism with Women of Japan model Mari Kotani and others.
March/April 2007
Laurie had 14 photographs in “Silver/Silicon: 5 Photographic Perspectives” at the gallery Back to the Picture (934 Valencia Street @ 20th, 415.826.2321) in San Francisco. The opening was from 7 to 9pm on March 24th. The exhibition ran from March 24 to April 12. Laurie and Elena Anaya, Sonia Gresham, Lynnly Labovitz, and Trish Tunney were showing a collection of film and digital images ranging from black and white nudes to color landscapes.
December 13, 2006
Laurie was on a panel discussing photography books and work, held from 7–9 pm at Foto-Grafix Books (655 Mission Street, San Francisco 94105; 415-495-7242). Other participants included: Carol Queen, of The Center for Sex & Culture; and Jean Sinclair, author of “Pink Box,” a photographic tour of the Japanese sex industry. Laurie showed slides of all three of her projects. The event was a benefit for The Center for Sex & Culture.
December 2006
The glbtq encyclopedia website featured a slideshow of 21 photos from Women En Large, Familiar Men, and Women of Japan. Wik Wikholm, the designer, did a beautiful layout of the work. They are the major online academic, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer encyclopedia. The editor is Claude J. Summers, William E. Stirton Professor in the Humanities Emeritus, University of Michigan-Dearborn.
August– September 2006
Photographs and an article on Women of Japan were featured in the November 2006 gender issue of the Kyoto Journal: Perspectives from Asia. The Kyoto Journal is a remarkable award-winning English-language magazine. It’s available in the US, Japan, Canada, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, and Korea.
June 2006
There was an exhibition at Gallery Fleur (Kyoto Seika University) from Fleur’s permanent collection which included a group of photos from Women en Large and Familiar Men.
June 15–18, 2006
Professor Rebecca Jennison spoke about Women of Japan at the PSi #12: Performing Rights conference in London. PSi#12 is an international powerhouse of innovation for academics, artists and activists, holding annual conferences across the globe.
It gathered artists, activists and academics for a festival of creative and critical dialogues investigating the relationships between human rights and performance. They are linking human rights and performance because of the significance of human rights in a time of war and globalisation, and because of the bold claims made for performance as a way of understanding the world.
May 26–29, 2006
Photographs from Women En Large and Familiar Men were in the Art Show of the 30th Wiscon in Madison, Wisconsin. WisCon is the first and foremost feminist science fiction convention in the world. Laurie and Debbie attended. One of Laurie’s prints got the award for ‘Most Feminist’ work.
October 2005
Corpus magazine’s fall issue features fourteen of Laurie’s portraits from Familiar Men along with “Beautiful Men,” a new essay by Debbie.
August 12, 2005
Laurie and Debbie presented “Women En Large: Looking Back over Ten Years” at Big Summer Fun, the 2005 convention of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA). They were joined by Carol Squires (model for Women En Large) and Rebecca Jennison (model for Women of Japan). They talked about the book’s remarkable journey, spanning three continents, over a hundred public presentations, an array of reprints, and hundreds of articles and features; about how the book’s journey illuminates the changes in fat politics and the struggle for size acceptance over the last decade; about Familiar Men; and about how our work is vital and active now: fat people learning to see the beauty and power in their bodies is at least as important today as it was ten years ago.
August 4, 2005
5–10 p.m. — Artists’ reception for Altered Barbie show at the Red Ink Studio, 989 Market Street, San Francisco
August, 2005
“Altar Barbie” by Laurie Toby Edison, an altar by Laurie featuring a marvelous fat Barbie created by Charlotte Davis appears in the Altered Barbie show cosponsored by ChatterBox and Red Ink Studios, 989 Market Street, San Francisco.
June 19–24, 2005
Professor Rebecca Jennison spoke at Women’s World 2005 in Seoul, Korea, about Women of Japan. Her talk included a slide show. Several other women involved in the Women of Japan project also presented at this international conference.
June 12–July 5, 2005
A previously unexhibited diptych portrait of Marlene Hoeber was in Fresh Meat in the Gallery’s second annual show at the ODC Theater Gallery, 3153 17th Street (at Shotwell) in San Francisco.
April 19 & 20, 2005
Laurie gave a talk and slide show at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York.
December 18, 2004
1:30 to 5:00pm — talk and slide show (with models) at the Dawn Center, 1-3-49 Ohtemae, Chu-o-ku, Osaka-shi 540
December 12, 2004
2pm to 4:30pm — talk and slide show (with models) at the Gallery Hall of BankART 1929, Yokohama. Sponsored by the Yokohama Women’s Forum and the BankArt Gallery.
December 9, 2004
4 to 6 pm — “Bodies, Gender and Imagery: American Attitudes,” Waseda University, Tokyo
August 7, 2004
4 pm — A Familiar Men booksigning with readings by local models and Laurie’s talk and slide show at Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle.
April 24, 2004
4 pm — Familiar Men readings by models and Laurie and Debbie’s talk and slide show at Magnet at 4122 18th Street (just off Castro) in San Francisco. Sponsored by A Different Light Bookstore.
March 10 to April 31, 2004
An exhibition of archival digital prints from Women En Large and Familiar Men at the Chatterbox Gallery, 1185 Church Street (@ 24th), San Francisco.
March 2, 2004
Women En Large and Familiar Men booksigning and slide show at Bluestockings Bookstore, Rivington Street, New York City.
February 26–28, 2004
Laurie and Debbie gave the opening keynote speech at the “Fat Attitudes” Conference, Teachers College, Columbia University.
Photographs from Women En Large were featured in the accompanying exhibition at the Macy Gallery.
February 12, 2004
Laurie gave a talk and slide show to art students at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
February 10, 2004
Laurie gave a talk and slide show at the Clapp Library (sponsored by SOFAT) at Wellesley College, Massachusetts.
December 6, 2003
Familiar Men booksigning at A Different Light Bookstore, 489 Castro Street, San Francisco.
November 11, 2003
Familiar Men booksigning and slide show at Good Vibrations, Valencia Street at 23rd, San Francisco.
October 3–4, 2003
An exhibition of archival digital prints from Women En Large and Familiar Men in conjunction with the “Bodies in Motion 2003” Dance Festival, at the ODC Gallery, 3153 17th Street (@ Shotwell), San Francisco.
September 18 to October 31, 2003
An exhibition of Familiar Men at The 301 Gallery at the Center, 1800 Market Street (@ Octavia), San Francisco.
Fall, 2003
Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes published by Shifting Focus Press. Check the ordering page for more information.
January 31, 2003
Laurie and Debbie talked at the Women R Sister’s Conference for 100 high school girls at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara.

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