Upcoming and Past Events

Visitors to the Secret History exhibit can explore the digital archives, see excerpts of interviews, explore the physical library of river-related books and materials, explore the boat, and talk with the artist. Additionally, an interactive feature is available to be screened inside the hosting institution.

Shantyboat at Ebb & Flow in Santa Cruz. Photo by Bredette Dyer

When visitors step onto the recreated shantyboat, they step into another world where they can pick up the banjo or a book, sit awhile and overhear the personal stories of shantyboaters, scientists, historians, and locals who live and work on the river.  They can explore issues faced by people on the river, navigating individual stories, multiple histories, and thematic paths.

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Jake Simowitz shares a river story at the UCSC Digital Art & New Media MFA show

Visitors are invited to share their own river stories. At each show, dozens of visitors hand-write or type meaningful recollections and experiences that in turn are added to the archive.
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Upcoming Exhibitions

Here are upcoming exhibitions:

No upcoming exhibitions planned.

Shantyboat at Ebb & Flow in Downtown Santa Cruz. Photo by Bredette Dyer

Past Exhibitions‌

A list of past exhibitions:

  • East Bay Mini Maker Faire, Oakland, CA, pop-up exhibition, 2019, 2018
  • Endless Summer Paddle Company, Louisville, Kentucky, artist talk, 2019
  • New Richmond, OH, pop-up exhibition, 2019
  • Public Landing, Marietta, OH, pop-up exhibition, 2019
  • Grave Creek Mound Complex, Moundsville, West Virginia, pop-up exhibition and artist talk, 2019
  • Ebb & Flow, Santa Cruz, CA, pop-up exhibition, 2019, 2018, 2017
  • Beacon Sloop Club, Beacon, NY, artist talk, 2019
  • Felton Remembers Parade, Felton, California, 2019, 2018, 2017
  • Portland Museum, Louisville, KY, full exhibition, 2019
  • North Brooklyn Boat Club, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, open house, 2018
  • Sunview Luncheonette, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, artist talk, 2018
  • White Box, New York, NY, full exhibition and artists panel, 2018
  • Waterfront Museum, Brooklyn, NY, Exhibition and artist talk, 2018
  • World Awareness Children’s Museum, Fort Edward, NY, pop-up exhibition, 2018
  • Waterford, Waterford, NY, pop-up exhibition, 2018
  • River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY, pop-up exhibition, 2018
  • Haverstraw River Arts Fund, Haverstraw, NY, pop-up exhibition, 2018
  • Design Tech High School, Burlingame, CA, artist talk, 2017
  • Sacramento History Museum, Sacramento, CA, full exhibition, 2017
  • River Discovery Center, Paducah, KY, full exhibition, 2016
  • R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA, full exhibition, 2016
  • Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, AL, full exhibition, 2016
  • Ditto Landing, Huntsville, AL, pop-up exhibition, 2016
  • Knoxville Museum of Art / Volunteer Landing, artist talk, 2016
  • Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University of California Santa Cruz, artist talk, 2016
  • National Mississippi River Museum, Dubuque, Iowa, pop-up exhibition, 2015
  • River City Revue, St. Paul Yacht Club, St Paul, MN, pop-up exhibition, 2015
  • 9 Nights of Music, Minneapolis History Center, St. Paul, pop-up exhibition, 2015
  • Radical Craft Night, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, pop-up exhibition, 2015, 2014, 2013
  • DANM MFA Exhibition, UC Santa Cruz, full exhibition, 2015
  • Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous, University California Davis, artist talk, 2015
  • Friday Forum for Graduate Research, University California Santa Cruz, artist talk, 2015
  • FIGMENT Art Festival, Oakland, pop-up exhibition, 2014
  • 11th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, University California Santa Cruz, artist talk, 2014
  • 10th Annual Graduate Research Symposium, University California Santa Cruz, artist talk, 2014

F‌or more information about exhibiting the project, please see our exhibitions page.

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