Reckoning PF

Reckoning exhibit opening / My Grandmother’s Hands book release
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9th
8pm to 12am // Free

Participating Artists: Jordan Hamilton, Sayge Carroll, Adrienne Doyle, Michael Cina, Jeremiah Ellison, Keegan Xavi, Lindsay Spicthal, Chaka Mkali, Shiraz Mukarram, Ashley Fairbanks, Sarah White

Runs through: September 24th, 2017

Join us at Public Functionary on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 to celebrate the release of Resmaa Menakem’s new book My Grandmother’s Hands and the opening reception for Reckoning, a multi-media group art exhibit addressing topics from Menakem’s book.


My Grandmother’s Hands introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide and takes readers through a step-by-step healing process based on the latest neuroscience and somatic healing methods. My Grandmother’s Hands is a call to action for Americans to recognize that racism is not only about the head, but also about the body. To help illustrate this Menakem has collaborated with visual artists and musicians to create a number of different access points for potential readers. In addition to the exhibit at Public Functionary an album (also addressing topics from My Grandmother’s Hands) produced by I Self Devine (Chaka Mkali) featuring a number of prominent Minneapolis musicians will be released at the end of September.


Reckoning is a multi-media exhibit organized by Resmaa Menakem (author) and Mike Bishop (PF co-director) in conjunction with the release of My Grandmother’s Hands. The exhibit was initiated to create a variety of ways for viewers to engage with topics from the book.

The artists included in the exhibit participated in a training led by Menakem about topics from My Grandmother’s Hands including intergenerational trauma, how trauma lives in the body, the individual and collective experience with white body supremacy in America, and how we can work towards healing this racialized divide. The participating artists then created new works based on their trainings as well as included existing work that fit with in the scope of the project. As the artists worked, they communicated with Menakem and Bishop about their thought process and intentions to ensure that they were creating work that was meant to call attention to or heal trauma — not cause more of it.

Reckoning, which will be on view from September 9th-September 24th, will include site specific installations, videos, paintings, soundscapes, photographs, murals and sculptures from artists who vary in experience when it comes to creating work about intergenerational trauma and healing.

Due to this exhibit dealing with traumatic content, the artists will provide additional context to help viewers better understand trauma and how they can work towards healing it individually and collectively.


Jordan Hamilton
Sayge Carroll
Adrienne Doyle
Michael Cina
Jeremiah Ellison
Keegan Xavi
Lindsay Spicthal
Chaka Mkali
Shiraz Mukarram
Ashley Fairbanks
Sarah White


Exhibit Run: September 9th – 24th
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9th // 8pm-12am
Gallery Hours: Tuesday / Thursday 1pm-6pm

Free & Open to the Public

Public Functionary
1400 12th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(Enter on Buchanan)

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