Laurie Toby Edison

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curriculum vitae

Professional History

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Photographic Suites

  • Memory Landscapes: A Visual Memoir - a digital color work in progress begun in 2013
  • Women of Japan — a photographic portrait suite exploring the variety of women who live in Japan, completed 2007
  • Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes — Laurie Toby Edison, Debbie Notkin and Richard F. Dutcher, published October 2003, SHIFTING FOCUS PRESS P.O. Box 77005, San Francisco, California 94107
  • Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes, Laurie Toby Edison and Debbie Notkin, published October 1994, BOOKS IN FOCUS, P.O. Box 77005, San Francisco, California 94107
  • www.laurietobyedison.com

Solo Exhibitions

  • Minato Center (Familiar Men, Women of Japan, and Women En Large), Tokyo, June 2008
  • Nippon 2007, Women of Japan, Pacifico Center, Yokohama, September 2007
  • The Photography of Laurie Toby Edison, glbtq Web Gallery (Familiar Men, Women of Japan, and Women En Large), 2006 (www.glbtq.com/slideshows/edisonltslides.html)
  • Chatterbox Gallery (Familiar Men, Women En Large), San Francisco, March 2004
  • Good Vibrations (Familiar Men, Women En Large), San Francisco, January-April 2004
  • 301 Gallery at the Center, (Familiar Men), San Francisco, September-October 2003
  • Kyoto Art Center (Artist in Residence) (Women of Japan), September-October 2002
  • SOMArts Gallery, “Men of Color: Nudes at Ease” (photographs from Familiar Men), San Francisco, June 2002
  • National Museum of Art — “Meditations on the Body: Recent Works” (100 photographs from Familiar Men, Women of Japan, and Women En Large), Osaka, Japan, August –September 2001
  • Third Gallery Aya (Women of Japan, Women En Large), Osaka, Japan, November 20-25, 2000
  • Gallery Fleur (Familiar Men, Women En Large), Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan, November 14-26, 2000
  • Good Vibrations (Familiar Men), San Francisco, January 1998
  • Wallace-Musket Gallery (Women En Large), San Antonio, Texas, January-February 1997
  • New Words Gallery (Women En Large), Cambridge, Massachusetts, February-March 1996
  • Between the Pages Gallery (Women En Large), Palm Springs, California, January 1996
  • Suspect Gallery (Women En Large), Seattle, August-September 1995
  • Rita Dean Gallery (Women En Large), San Diego, June 1995
  • Good Vibrations (Women En Large), San Francisco, October 1993

Selected Exhibitions

  • LGBT Art: Our Common Wealth (4 portraits: 2 Familiar Men, 1 Women of Japan, and Tee Corinne), Commonwealth Club Gallery, San Francisco, July 21 - September 21, 2014.
  • National Queer Arts Festival, SOMArts Gallery, San Francisco: Body, body, bodies, (Tee Corinne and Samuel R Delany), June 7-28 2014
  • LuXun Academy of Fine Arts, "Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art", Women's Caucus of the Arts international exhibition. (Women of Japan) Shenyang, China, April 15th-30th 2014
  • Kepco Plaza Gallery Museum, "Woman + Body", Women’s Caucus of the Arts international exhibition (Women En Large, Familiar Men) Seoul, South Korea, October 13-19, 2012
  • Gwangju Cultural Foundation’s MediaCube 338, "Woman + Body", Women’s Caucus of the Arts international exhibition, Gwangju, South Korea, October 23- November 6, 2012
  • The 35th Anniversary of the National Museum of Art, Osaka: The Allure of the Collection (6 photos, Familiar Men, Women En Large) Osaka, Japan April 12-June 24, 2012
  • "Collection" (Familiar Men and Women En Large from their permanent collection), National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan, January-April 2012
  • “Silver/Silicon : 5 Photographic Perspectives” (Familiar Men, Women of Japan, and Women En Large), Back to the Picture, San Francisco, March-April 2007
  • Gallery Fleur (Familiar Men, Women En Large from the permanent collection), Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan, July 2006
  • “Altered Barbies and Friends” (Women of Japan), Shanghai Normal University Art Gallery, March 2005
  • “Fat Attitudes: Celebrating Large Women,” Macy Gallery, Columbia University, February 2004
  • Gentofle Main Library, Copenhagen, Summer 1997
  • University of Manchester (UK), March 1997
  • The Wheel, London UK, November 1996
  • “Gender: Beyond Memory,” curated by Michiko Kasahara, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, September 5 — October 27, 1996.
  • “Real Women” (with Diane Rosenblum and Nina Glaser) at Photographic Image Gallery, Portland, Oregon, March 1995
  • A.I.R. Gallery, Women’s Caucus for the Arts Health Show, Soho, New York City, February-March 1994

Permanent Collections

Catalogues

  • Women + Body — International Collaborative Exhibition of the Women’s Caucus for Art and Korean Woman Artists — 2012
  • The National Museum of Art, Osaka 2012 — 35th Anniversary Catalogue 2012
  • Meditations on the Body: Recent Works of Laurie Toby Edison (photographs from Familiar Men, Women of Japan, and Women En Large), National Museum of Art Osaka, Japan, 2001
  • Gender Beyond Memory: The Works of Contemporary Women Artists — Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 1996

Documentaries

  • Meditations on the Body, produced and directed by John Wells, on the occasion of the solo exhibition at the National Museum of Art, Osaka, MediaWorks, Japan (January 2008) (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og9Gzor77dM)
  • ChumTV, CityTV, (Familiar Men) Toronto (February 2004, syndicated across Canada, NBC Asia, the Middle East, Scandinavia, Brazil, Japan, Poland, Spain, and Thailand)
  • SexTV, CityTV, (Women En Large) Toronto (April 2001, syndicated across Canada, NBC Asia, the Middle East, Scandinavia, Brazil, Japan, Poland, Spain, and Thailand)
  • Fat Is Beautiful: Empowering Fat Women through Media, Paper Tiger television documentary, directed by Randi Cecchine (March 21, 2000, New York City)
  • Body: The Value of Women, February 2000 documentary directed by Shereen Noon, inspired by and featuring Women En Large
  • OohLaLa, CityTV, Toronto, (April 30, 1998, syndicated across Canada, NBC Asia, the Middle East, Scandinavia, Brazil, Japan, Poland, Spain, and Thailand)

Selected Print and Web Appearances

  • 30 LGBT Artists and Performers to Follow, Huffington Post (October 11 2012), photo of Bob Guter from Familiar Men.
  • 30 LGBT Artists You Should Know, Huffington Post (June 28, 2012), photo of Bob Guter from Familiar Men.
  • Gesture and Meaning, photography text book, Open College of the Arts, Barnsley UK (October 2012) photo of April Miller from Women En Large and text.
  • Fat Studies: An International Journal of Body Weight and Society, review by Stefanie Snider of Women En Large and The Full Body Project. (February 2012)
  • Selected Works from the Collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka Japan (March 2012). The catalog includes a photograph Bob Guter from Familiar Men.
  • We Learn magazine, essay on Edison and Alice Neel, Junko Fukazawa, Tokyo (Japan, Winter 2011/12)
  • Filament Magazine, interview with Edison on her work and Familiar Men (10 photographs), Suraya Sidhu Singh (England, December 2011)
  • Dazed and Confused/Korea, article “Ugly Beautiful,” photos from Women En Large (Korea, February 2011)
  • Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, “Body Image in the Japan and the United States,” written with Debbie Notkin, Rebecca Jennison and Mika Kobayashi (October 2009)
  • Image and Gender Magazine, Kitahara Megumi essay (2008)
  • femin, Tokyo (Japan, October 5, 2007)
  • The Photography of Laurie Toby Edison, glbtq Web Gallery (Familiar Men, Women of Japan, and Women En Large), 2006
  • Kyoto Journal: Perspectives From Asia. (October 2006), essay on Women of Japan and photographs
  • Zenya, Hwangbo Kanja essay on Women of Japan (Tokyo, 2006)
  • “Beautiful men = Hombres hermosos” Corpus, v3#1 (fall 2005), pp 132-145
  • Revolting Bodies? The Struggle to Redefine Fat Identity, Kathleen LeBesco, University of Massachusetts Press (Amherst & Boston, 2004)
  • Queer Crips: Disabled Gary Men and Their Stories, Bob Guter & John R. Killacky, Haworth Press, 2004 (A 2003 Lambda Award winner), photographs in book
  • Revolting Bodies? The Struggle to Redefine Fat Identity, Kathleen LeBesco, University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst & Boston, 2004
  • NY Arts/Berliner Kunst (New York/Berlin, May- June 2004), article
  • Crescent Blues, March 2004 (www.crescentblues.com/7_2issue/feat_picks.shtml), review
  • Bitch (San Francisco, January 2004), interview
  • N Magazine (Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Winter 2003), review
  • NY Arts/Berliner Kunst (New York/Berlin, November- December 2003), review
  • SF Weekly (San Francisco, November 5-11, 2003), review
  • San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, September 19, 2003), feature article
  • Diatxt. Magazine (Kyoto, Spring 2003), interview
  • Living in Kyoto (February, 2003), interview
  • Spectrum (San Francisco, June 2002)
  • SF Frontiers (San Francisco, May 30, 2002)
  • The Independent (San Francisco, May 30, 2002)
  • The Bay Times (San Francisco, May 28, 2002)
  • The Philadelphia Weekly (Philadelphia, February 20, 2002), feature article
  • PGN (Philadelphia, February 15, 2002)
  • Yoshioka, Hiroshi — “The Invisible Male Body,” Filozofski vestnik, Vol. 23 No. 2, (Ljubljana, Slovenia, February 2002), feature article
  • Mainichi Shinbun, (Japan, August 23, 2001)
  • Asahi Shinbun, (Japan, August 17, 2001)
  • Nikkei, (Japan, August 17, 2001)
  • Sankei Shinbun, (Japan) August 12, 2001)
  • “Respecting the Beauty of Diversity,” Crescent Blues, April 2001 (www.crescentblues.com/3_5issue/edison.shtml), interview
  • Art Activism II , Kitahara Megumi (Osaka, December 2000), chapter on Laurie Toby Edison
  • Hyper-Media Feminist Queer Readings, Mari Kotani (Tokyo, February 2000), photograph on cover
  • On Our Backs (October 1999, December 1999, April 2000), photographs in articles
  • FHM (London, UK, February 1999 and Australia, March 1999), feature article
  • Kobe Shimbun (Kobe, December 19, 1998), interview
  • Japan Times (Tokyo, October 25, 1998), interview
  • Siren (Toronto, April/May 1998), interview
  • The Politics Behind the Nude, edited by Michiko Kasahara, Chikuma Shobo Publishing Company (Tokyo, February 1998)
  • The Future of the Body, edited by Takayuki Tatsumi (Treville Co. LTD, Tokyo, 1998), photographs and essay by Debbie Notkin in book
  • XTRA! (Toronto, Canada, February 26, 1998), interview
  • Union-News (Amherst, Massachusetts, February 18, 1998), feature article
  • American Studies and Gender, edited by Kazuko Watanabe (Sekaishiso sha, Kyoto, Japan, July 1997), book chapter with photographs
  • Yes! (London, UK, February/March 1997), feature article
  • Le Millenium (Tokyo, January 1997), interview
  • Diva (London, UK, December 1996), interview
  • Eat Fat, Richard Klein (US Pantheon/Vintage 1996; UK MacMillan 1997), photograph in book
  • Chugoku Shimbun (Hiroshima, October 1996), interview
  • The Sunday Express (London, UK, October 1996), review
  • Asahi Evening News (Tokyo, September 1996), feature article
  • Afterimage (US, December 1994), review
  • Black Elegance (US, December 1994), review
  • Radiance (US, May 1994), feature article by Debbie Notkin with photographs
  • Denver Post (September 28, 1994), feature article
  • San Francisco Examiner (May 17, 1994), interview
  • Minneapolis Star-Tribune (March 23, 1994), interview
  • Allure (US, Spring 1994), review
  • The Utne Reader (US, March-April 1994), back page feature
  • Whole Earth Review (US, Spring 1993), article by Debbie Notkin with photographs
  • After Babel (Japan, September 1992), feature article

Selected Lectures and Presentations

  • Wiscon 2014 - "Time, Contingency and Memory: As Elements of Art" with Debbie Notkin and writers Pat Murphy and Nisi Shawl.
  • Portland Community College, Photography, Feminism and Body Image, July 15th, 2013
  • Wiscon 2010 “A Cross Culture Work Conversation” with Mari Kotani
  • Kyoto International Manga Museum, September 2007
  • Foto-Graphix, San Francisco, December 2006
  • Dr. Rebecca Jennison, on Women of Japan, PSi #12 Performing Rights Conference, London UK June 2006
  • Women En Large – Looking Back Over Ten Years,” NAAFA Conference, San Mateo, California, August 2005
  • Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, April 2005
  • Dawn Center, Osaka, December 18, 2004
  • Yokohama Women’s Forum/BankARTS Gallery, Yokohama, December 12, 2004
  • Waseda University, Tokyo, December 9, 2004
  • Columbia University, New York, February 28, 2004
  • Wellesley College, Massachusetts, February 10, 2004
  • Waseda University (with Mari Kotani), Tokyo, October 22, 2002
  • Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, October 11, 2002
  • Kyoto Art Center (with Kangja Hwangbo and Hagiwara Hiro), October 6. 2002
  • Third Gallery Aya (with Mika Kobayashi), Osaka, September 27, 2002
  • “Contested Flesh” (with Jaime Cortez), National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco, June 2002
  • “The Female Gaze” (with Maryann Luera), National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco, June 2002
  • International Women’s Day, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 8, 2002
  • College Art Association, National Conference, Philadelphia, February 21, 2002
  • Lambda Literary Festival, San Francisco, October 2001
  • “Stories of the Body,” National Museum of Art, Osaka, August 2001
  • National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco, June 2001
  • Good Vibrations, San Francisco, March 2001, January 1998, March 95, October 93
  • Kyoto Seika University, November 2000
  • Bookstore Gallery Amus, Osaka, November 2000
  • Readers & Writers Conference, San Francisco, April 1997 & October 2000
  • New England Camera Club, 54th Annual Conference, Amherst, July 1999
  • Kyoto Seika University, October 1998
  • Kyoto Sangyo University, October 1998
  • OutWrite Conference, Boston, March 1998
  • Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, February, 1998
  • Amherst College, Massachusetts, February, 1998
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, February, 1998
  • Fat Feminist Conference, Seattle, November 1996
  • Ms Crayonhouse Book Store, Tokyo, Japan, September 1996
  • College Art Association, National Conference, Boston, February 1996
  • Women’s Caucus for Art, National Conference, Boston, 1996, San Antonio, 1995

Selected Broadcast Interviews and Features

  • Deborrah Cooper, BlogTalk Radio (April 16, 2008)
  • WBAI Radio (“Cat Radio – International Womens’ Day” New York, March 8, 2006)
  • Chum TV (Toronto, February 2004)
  • WBAI Radio (“Cat Radio,” New York, March 20, 2002)
  • City TV (Toronto, March 2001)
  • Eyada.com (Internet radio, “Love Bites with Bob Berkowitz,” May 19, 2000)