Hamilton Landmark Galleries
West Harlem / Hamilton Heights / Sugar Hill
Originally conceived as an artist cooperative, Hamilton Landmark Galleries opened its doors in the autumn of 1997, its mission; dedicated to the presentation of fine art, the development of contemporary artists, and the documentation of fine art collections.
The Galleries has presented the work of more than seventy contemporary artists from the Americas, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe; painters, ceramists, sculptors, printmakers, muralists, graffiti and mixed media artists, and photographers. Many of these artists have work featured in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museums, the Brooklyn Museum and the Schomburg Library. Periodically, HLG opens its doors for the enjoyment of other fine arts with readings from poets and playwrights and live musical concerts. Some of these are quite impromptu. Once a group of percussionists walked over to the Galleries from a funeral and closed the opening reception of the current exhibit with an African drums salute to a friend.
Its founder, Kim Hamilton, a visual artist herself, grew up surrounded by the work of one particular contemporary artist out of the Harlem Renaissance, her uncle, Bradford Hill. Muhammad, whom she reveres as a master oil painter and portraitist. Mr. Muhammad, who has had extensive artistic training and an impressive resume, made his living as a master cabinetmaker. Commenting, Ms. Hamilton-Shakir says, "Before HLG opened its doors, I had never seen his work in a museum or gallery setting." Together, they decided to open the Galleries to showcase their work. Mr. Muhammad and Ms. Hamilton, however, are the only artists who show exclusively with HLG.
The Galleries' "blue chip" status provides for outreach and assistance to artists, helping them to present and market their work. Because the Galleries provides space at below market rates, artists who have been locked out of older, more established and prestigious galleries are able to show in the comparably beautiful space that HLG offers.
The Galleries' attraction to patrons is the positive spiritual aura that exudes from its state of the art viewing environment. HLG is situated in a landmark building erected in 1886 among a group of other buildings completed between 1886 and 1890. It represents one of the oldest structures in the district, a picturesque block in the village of Harlem's Hamilton Heights historic district. (See "A Walk Through Harlem" New York Public Television Channel 13 & the Schomburg Library).
The future of Hamilton Landmark Galleries is to expand its cultural outreach to the community by hosting artists-in-residence, holding master classes, and building a permanent collection.
Gallery Hours Wed.- Sat. 11-7 PM
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467 West 144th Street
between Amsterdam and Convent Avenues
New York, NY 10031
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