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Exhibition - Gathering the Untold Stories of Vanishing River People

Gathering the Untold Stories of Vanishing River People - Waterford Harbor Visitor's Center

A rustic recreated mid-century shanty boat, a daring river voyage on New York's historic Hudson River, and a meticulous archive of river stories are all part of a compelling art and history project, "A Secret History of American River People." The journeys are part of a larger effort that spans many years and covers multiple rivers. The project reexamines the issues currently and historically faced by people living and working on American rivers.

The project has exhibited nationwide in conjunction with expeditions on the Mississippi, Tennessee and Sacramento Rivers. Now in the fifth year of the project, Santa Cruz artist Wes Modes has already traveled more than 1,250 river miles on the shanty boat and talked with thousands of people about the river before beginning his next journey on the Hudson River.

This summer, in conjunction with a major exhibition at WhiteBox Art Space in New York's Lower East Side, the artist will be floating his homemade houseboat on the historic Hudson River.  Starting on Lake Champlain at the end of June, the project will be on the river for a month, gathering stories and showing at a half dozen locations.

Friday 06 July 2018