Special Lecture: Secret History of American River People - July 15, 2018
Join us for this special lecture in conjunction with visiting vessel Shantyboat, part of the Secret History of American River People project.
A Secret History of American River People is a dialogic and participatory project that gathers and presents the oral histories of people who live and work on major American river from the deck of a recreated 1940s-era shantyboat over a series of epic river voyages. The project explores the issues facing current river communities, the long history of people who have lived on and adjacent to the river, and basic river ecology.
In 2012, California artist Wes Modes began building the Secret History shantyboat. Inspired by historical accounts of shantyboaters on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, he lovingly recreated a traditional wooden-hulled barge-bottom houseboat with friends over two years out of largely rustic reclaimed materials. He has sailed the shantyboat up and down the Upper Mississippi River, Tennessee River, Sacramento River, and now in 2018 the Hudson River. For more information about the project and to hear some of the stories, visit www.peoplesriverhistory.us
Speaker: Wes Modes is a California artist focused on social practice, sculpture, performance and new media work. He holds an MFA from the Digital Art and New Media program at UCSC. He has exhibited his art and performed regionally since 1996. He is also a UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State, and CalState Monterey Bay art lecturer and former curator for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. In other lives, he is a high-tech runaway, writer, community organizer, geek, and mischief-maker.
Date: Sunday, July 15, 2018
Price: $10 for HRMM members, $15 for non-members.
Location: Riverport Wooden Boat School classroom
86 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401