• The action or process of calculating or estimating something.
  • A person’s view, opinion, or judgment
  • A bill or account, or its settlement

Reckoning? I reckon.
Wreckin? I reckon it could be.

Can you attest? I reckon, it is.

They’re not the ‘Sweet Valley High’ twins; but then again, neither is she Regina George. Well, because you see, they’ve identified as “poor” too. Farm-raised.
And She believes it well.

And so, I question the usefulness of your poverty as necessary entertainment as enough for distraction.

Can you attest to the usefulness of your making? 
Yes. I am reckoning. It is.

–– Notes from a Black girl who sings like a white girl singing like a Black girl, 2018

This exhibit takes up the question: what does it mean to reckon with the past and the ways it manifests in the present? How can such manifestation act as a practice of reckoning that provides new insights into how we imagine and engage to the past? What do the politics of reckoning entail? What forms of accountability are deemed necessary of artists, of citizens? And what new social and creative worlds might be made visible and viable after such a reckoning?This exhibit features the work of a number of artists across disciplines whose work function as modes of reckoning. Living in an age of consequence, what accounts need to be settled in order to activate transformation(s)?From the deepening crisis of climate change, to ecological collapse, to warfare within school walls, to contemporary debates over nations’ borders, democracy, race, gender, sex, and class inequality we encounter a moment of profound precarity, uncertainty, and unknowing. For artists, these crises pose a unique challenge, namely, what does it mean to make art in this moment?


At the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

123 S. Fraser, Street, State College, PA 16801

Show runs, March 1–24

Opening reception, Friday, March 1, 5–8pm

Artists’ Reception, Monday, March 18, 7:30–9:30pm

Gallery will only be open for this show the following dates: March 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18 (special reception 7:30–9:30pm), 22, 23, 24.

Gallery hours are the regular hours for Fridays & Saturdays 12–6pm; Sundays 12–4pm. 

Artwork by Anya Wallace, Courtney Morris, Leslie C. Sotomayor, Grace Hampton, Rudy Shepherd, Bessie Floresgomez, Ciara Newton


Our Roots Run Deep

Dances, Short Films, Readings event, Monday, March 18, 6–7:30pm at Albright-Bethune United Methodist Church, 206 South Burrowes Street

Short films

“Lumiere douce, Lumiere brilliant; Soft light, Brilliant light,” by Wilna Julmiste Taylor

“Outsiders,” short films on the experiences of South and Central American migrant farmworkers in the U.S. and Centre Hallby Bessie Floresgomez Followed by discussion

Youth Performances

Readings, dance, and vocals by youth of color from the State College Area High School focusing on the legacies of Martin and Malcolm and different approaches to working for racial justice.