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Wes Modes: A Secret History of American River People

Wes Modes (UC Santa Cruz): $5,000 for A Secret History of American River People. Graduate Arts Grant.

A Secret History of American River People is an artist’s journey through the history of a river. It is a project to recreate a 1940s shantyboat for a series of epic river voyages to build a collection of personal stories of people who live and work on the river. The collection and shantyboat will be featured in a touring installation as well as an interactive web documentary.

More on this project:

Artist turns a journey down the Mississippi into rich oral history
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/general-news/20140924/artist-turns-a-journey-down-the-mississippi-into-rich-oral-history
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Two Art Students Take Journey in Shantyboat on Mississippi
http://www.wxow.com/story/26290822/2014/08/15/2-art-students-take-journey-in-shantyboat-on-mississippi
KTTV, Rochester, MN and WXOW , La Crosse, WI

Artist plies Mississippi in Shantyboat to net historical portraits
http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/artist-plies-mississippi-in-shantyboat-to-net-historical-portraits/article_53aeac45-f5a0-5b69-8508-530ba5e8bb5d.html
La Crosse Tribune

Shantyboat heads down the Mississippi, gathering stories
http://www.startribune.com/local/south/269617591.html
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Recent exhibitions:
8 Nov 2014
A Secret History of American River People shantyboat at FIGMENT Oakland
Date: 8 Nov 2014 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: FIGMENT Oakland, Mosswood Park, Oakland, CA

21 Nov 2014
A Secret History of American River People Shantyboat at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History for Radical Craft Night
Date: 21 Nov 2014 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History for Radical Craft Night, Santa Cruz, CA

photo details: Wes Modes’ homemade shantyboat, 2014

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