Cocktails + Conversation: 1 Cent Life

Thursday, September 17 from 6 - 7 p.m.

Join us this month as we dive into the details of our newest exhibition, 1 Cent Life, which presents select works of art from the landmark 1964 print portfolio, 1 Cent Life. Written by Walasse Ting (born Ding Xionguan 丁雄泉), edited by Sam Francis, and published by E.W. Kornfeld, the portfoliocontains sixty-two original lithographs by twenty-eight artists and sixty-one letterpress poems by Ting set in multicolored inks. It is, as Ting envisioned, “as exciting as Times Square, color bright as neon light, hot as espresso.”  Developed by Anastasia James, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Curator, the exhibition is dedicated to the life of Chinese-American visual artist and poet Walasse Ting and follows his journey from Shanghai to Paris to New York City. 

In this month’s virtual Cocktails + Conversations, Eric Shiner, Executive Director of Pioneer Works and former Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, joins Bechtler Curator Anastasia James to discuss Ting’s biography, his unique contributions to art history, the artists who contributed to 1 Cent Life, and collecting prints.

This program is free of charge. Reservations are required as space is limited. Click the link below to RSVP by noon on Wednesday, September 16.

Zoom links and further details will be provided to participants prior to the virtual program. 


Meet the Program Participants:

Eric Shiner is the Executive Director of Pioneer Works in Brooklyn. He was formerly Artistic Director of White Cube, and prior to this was Senior Vice President of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s. From 2010 to 2016, Shiner was the Director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and Curator at The Warhol from 2008 to 2010. Shiner is a leading scholar on Andy Warhol and Asian Contemporary Art and has curated dozens of contemporary art exhibitions in cities around the glove and was the team leader on The Warhol Museum’s major Warhol retrospective that traveled to Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Tokyo.

Anastasia James is Curator at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. A specialist in American and European Art from WWI to the present, James has curated and managed exhibitions featuring a diverse range of emerging, established, and international artists for institutions and galleries across the United States. James is also the co-editor of Billy Name: The Silver Age Photographs from Warhol’s Factory and Brigid Berlin: Polaroids. Before joining the Bechtler, James worked as Curator at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles, Curator at the Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, and Associate Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. James holds a MA in Curatorial Studies from The Center for Curatorial Studes, Bard College.   

Image: Detailed 1 Cent Life Portfolio Dust jacket, 1964.