The Society of Submerged Culture – a Fascinating Exhibit Opening in San Francisco

by Chris Dixon


StoreFrontLab is pleased to present The Society of Submerged Culture, a project by Bay Area artist Lauren Hartman. The Society reveals the many layers of San Francisco’s undersea history, ranging from sunken ships under the financial district to a coastline dotted with shipwrecks. StoreFrontLab serves as the Society headquarters offering maps, nautical instruments, an archive of artifacts, a library of submerged literature, and a variety of programs.


The Society of Submerged Culture is a membership-based organization striving to shine light on archeological discovery, catalog layers of history of San Francisco and its coastline, and archive its artifacts. Through programs and events, the Society brings together historians, explorers, archeologists, swimmers, artists, underwater enthusiasts, and sailors, to uncover and collect the stories and artifacts of our surroundings.

Membership and programs are open and free to all who are dedicated to the advancement, research, and education of submerged culture.


Opening Reception

Friday, February 20, 2015, 6:30-9PM RSVP

Be among the first to explore the Society’s library of submerged literature, archive of artifacts, and underwater viewing area.

Underwater Film Festival

Saturdays, February 21, 28 and March 14

During open hours, 12-4PM

Including works by Jacques Cousteau, Jean Painlevé, and Irwin Allen.

The Submerged History and Secrets of Lands End


Monday, March 2, 6-9PM Registration recommended

Local historians and writers John Martini, Paul Judge, and Sierra Hartman discuss the shipwrecks, the tunnels and the Victorian-era endeavors of Adolph Sutro, which lie beneath and scattered among the rocky cliffs of Lands End. Moderated by Lauren Hartman.

Explorer Kit Drop-in Workshop

Saturday, March 7

During open hours, 12-4PM RSVP

Stop by and make a specialized kit for your urban and coastal exploration.

Creating Artifacts Drop-in Workshop and Closing Reception

Saturday, March 21, 12-4pm RSVP

Come sculpt, paint, and craft your own artifact while commiserating with fellow society members. This workshop and reception will explore how artifacts create dialogue with the past. Supplies provided.

General Hours

Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4PM

February 21-March 21


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