THIN Exhibition

                                                           © Lindsay Hutchens

Lauren Greenfield and The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future in Dallas proudly debuted the traveling exhibition of THIN curated by Trudy Wilner Stack and Lauren Greenfield. The Women's Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the only comprehensive American women's history museum in the nation. The national tour of THIN began on February 22, 2007 at The Women's Museum. The show will travel to museums around the country through 2010.  A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum create educational programming and outreach efforts to engage schools, universities and community groups.

The exhibit brings the subject of eating disorders to the surface where we, as a culture, can begin to deal with this thought provoking subject in our homes and schools. The exhibition weaves together large-scale portraits and documentary photographs; art and journals; interviews; video and narrative texts; educational facts and resources, to bring museum audiences a clear, compelling and humanely drawn look at a pervasive cultural problem. Visitors will address this epidemic illness that has burdened young women to the point of death. National and Inner Circle Sponsors share in the honor and prestige associated with this exhibit as well as the award winning documentary film and book, THIN. Greenfield's first touring exhibition, Girl Culture has been seen by over 600,000 people across the globe since its release in 2002.

HBO has developed the curriculum for use with the exhibit and in schools. The curriculum, like Greenfield's first touring exhibition, Girl Culture, is free for schools and organizations to access.

Eating disorders are intensely intimate and disturbing secrets, as well as desperate, brutal cries for help. They most often originate in the distortions and artifice of popular culture, and in the experience of individual girls and women with abuse and psychological stress and trauma. With THIN, Lauren Greenfield offers a portrayal of profound insight and understanding to reveal the hidden nature of an ironic and deadly danger of privileged society.

THIN Traveling Requirements

Availability: THIN exhibited from February 22, 2007 to April 22, 2007 at The Women's Museum in Dallas, Texas. Available for travel for 6-10 week showings.

Number of works:   
53 C-Prints Total (Captions Below)
                                (13) – 26.5 x 40” C-prints;
                                (40) - 20 x 30” C-prints.

Frames:    Maple with white wash finish. Wire.
                Outside dimensions:
                31 5/16" x 21 3/8"
                41 3/16" x 27 15/16"

Video THIN film scenes re-edited as 14-minute presentation for exhibition, to be shown in gallery, or in space adjacent to gallery.  DVD will be provided. Facility provides digital projection or alternate DVD screening facility.

Text and auxiliary materials:  Introductory and didactic texts by the artist and the curator; extensive interview excerpts with the women in the photographs; captioned i.d. labels for photographs, and four specially designed and bound books including journal pages and family photos of THIN’s main characters. Title graphics will be provided on disk, and intro, didactics, interviews, and i.d. labels will be available both on disk and as mounted, wall ready signage.

Space required: 350-400 linear ft (5000 sq ft) required 

Shipping:  Must provide round trip fine art shipping.

Insurance:  Wall-to-wall insurance valued at $100,000.

Crates:  Four (4) wood crates and one (1) miscellaneous box for journals and signage.

Lecture:  Lauren Greenfield is available to speak. Canon, USA may sponsor and assist in promoting artist's lectures at selected venues.

Publication:     224-page photography book also entitled THIN (Chronicle Books, 2006) with essays by Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Dr. David Herzog, and Dr. Michael Strober.  To order books, contact Chronicle Books’ customer service at 800.722.6657.
                        JOAN JACOBS BRUMBERG, Ph.D., is a professor at Cornell University, where she has been teaching history, human development, and women’s studies for more than 20 years.  She is the author of The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls and Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa.  She lives in Ithaca, New York.

                        DAVID HERZOG, M.D., is an internationally renowned expert on eating disorders.  He is the principle investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health-funded longitudinal study, now in its 18th year, that maps the course and outcome of 250 women with anorexia and bulimia nervosa.  He is director of the Eating Disorders Unit, Child Psychiatry Service at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of psychiatry (pediatrics) at Harvard Medical School.

                        DR. MICHAEL STROBER, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., is the Franklin Mint Professor of Eating Disorders and professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and director of the Eating Disorders Program at the Stewart and Lynda Resnick UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital.  In addition to his long-term psychotherapy practice with both adolescent and adult patients, he is editor in chief of International Journal of Eating Disorders, as well as the author of Just a Little Too Thin: How to Pull Your Child Back from the Brink of an Eating Disorder.  Dr. Strober is a founding fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and past president of the Eating Disorders Research Society and is the 2005 recipient of the Price Foundation Award for Research Excellence from the National Eating Disorders Association.

Film:  The HBO feature documentary directed by Lauren Greenfield, THIN, is available for educational screenings. Please go to HBO’s educational distributor, Films Media Group.  The film is 103 minutes and is available in Digibeta, 35mm Film, and DVD.

Educational Curriculum:  HBO has developed a curriculum for use with the exhibit. Materials are available for download on The curriculum, like Greenfield's first touring exhibition, Girl Culture, is free for schools and organizations.
Organizer/Credit Line: 
This exhibition is organized by The Women’s Museum, Dallas, and Greenfield/Evers LLC.

Exhibition and book design:  Giampietro+Smith, New York

Contact: For rental fee and other inquiries, please email