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.


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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Here are upcoming exhibitions:

Jul 26 – `Aug 8 WhiteBox Art Space, Lower East Side, New York, NY
Jul 28 – Aug 16 Waterfront Museum, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
 July 31 4-7pm Open House at North Brooklyn Boat Club, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
 Aug 2 7-9pm Artist Talk at Waterfront Museum, Brooklyn, NY


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

Past Exhibitions

A list of past exhibitions:

Jul 29, 2018 Artist Talk at Sunview Luncheonette, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
Jul 19 – 22, 2018 Haverstraw Brick Museum and River Arts Fund, Haverstraw, NY
Jul 13 – 15, 2018 Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY
Jul 5 – 8, 2018 Town of Waterford, Waterford, NY
Jul 1-2, 2018 Yacht Basin, Fort Edward, NY with World Awareness Children’s Museum
May 26, 2018 Felton Remembers Parade, Felton, CA
Jun 1, 2018 Ebb & Flow Festival, Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 2, 2018 Ebb & Flow Festival, Tannery Art Center, Santa Cruz, CA
Jul 1-30, 2017 Sacramento History Museum, Sacramento, CA
Jun 3, 2017 Ebb & Flow River Arts Celebration, Tannery Arts Center, Santa Cruz, CA
May 27, 2017 Felton Remembers Parade, Felton, CA
Aug 22 – Sep 7, 2016 River Discovery Center, Paducah, KY
Aug 5 – 8, 2016 Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, AL
Jul 26 – 27, 2016 Ditto Landing, Huntsville, AL
Jun 25 – Jul 5, 2016 Knoxville Museum of Art & Volunteer Landing, Knoxville TN
Apr 7 – May 1, 2016 In Conversation with UCSC Studio Art Faculty, R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 21, 2015 Radical Craft Night, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
Aug 1 – 5, 2015 National Mississippi River Museum, Dubuque, IA (Photos)
Jun 26, 2015 St. Paul Yacht Club, St. Paul, MN (Photos)
Jun 30, 2015 Nine Nights of Music, Minnesota History Center, St Paul, MN (Photos)
Jul 1m, 2015 River City Revue, St. Paul Yacht Club, St. Paul, MN
Apr 23 – 26, 2015 UCSC Digital Art and New Media MFA Show, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA (Photos)
Nov 21, 2014 Radical Craft Night, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 8, 2014 FIGMENT Oakland, Mosswood Park, Oakland, CA (Photos)
Jul 24, 2104 Open House, Boom Island Park, Minneapolis, MN (Photos)
May 15, 2014 UCSC Art Department Open Studios, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA


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