Meet the Curator
Michael Palma Mir | Curator
A lifelong and a second-generation resident of Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Mr. Palma Mir has been a community activist all his adult life. Mr. Palma Mir divides his time between work in the theater and photography as well as being an advocate for a better quality of life in West Harlem. Mr. Palma Mir is twice graduated from Columbia University with a BA in English and a Master of Fine Arts from the Hammerstein II Center. As a photographer, Mr. Palma Mir has documented cultural life in Upper Manhattan since the 1980’s and has curated and participated in various Upper Manhattan photo groups. Most notably, he co-curated and participated in “Vague Terrain: Manhattanville” at the Compton-Goethals Hall Art Gallery in City College, where Mr. Palma Mir spent a year chronicling the architecture, artifacts, and people of Manhattanville; a photographic testimonial during a period of ongoing and dramatic changes for the community. More recently he curated a photo exhibit named “Selfless Selfies” at the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance Gallery, a black & white photo exhibit by Upper Manhattan photographers, narrating stories about their changing communities. Mr. Palma Mir also conducts free photography workshops for the Fort Tryon Conservancy and for the Montefiore Park Neighbor Association and is the resident staff photographer to the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling and El Museo del Barrio.
Meet the Venue
About Hamilton Landmark Galleries
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. Periodically, HLG opens its doors for the enjoyment of other fine arts with readings from poets and playwrights and live musical concerts. 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.
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.
Kim Hamilton | Owner
Kim Hamilton is Director of Hamilton Landmark Galleries, a contemporary art gallery operating in Harlem since 1997. As a resident of Harlem for more than 40 years, she has witnessed the constriction of Harlem’s environmental, economic and cultural landscape and its resurgence as an iconic and representational New York neighborhood. She believes that all of New York’s inner city neighborhoods reflect one another, and she strives to be an example of creativity and health through social entrepreneurship during the last 10 years partnering with NOMAA and other institutions to elevate awareness of the “consciousness” of contemporary artists.
A self-taught visual artist and urban farmer, Ms. Hamilton was raised to be an activist, picketing against the centralization and segregation of New York Public Schools in 1962 as a second grader with her mom and siblings. In 1992 she went on to help write Procurement Policy under New York’s first Black Mayor, David Dinkins, secured work for dozens of entrepreneurs and small businesses through the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp programs, Medgar Evers College partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Community Trust, and Bronx Council on the Arts Development Corp’s Art Handlers’ Training and African Burial Ground Projects.
This exhibition is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Ford Foundation, The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Joy of Giving Something, Inc., and private contributions. Member of the Urban Arts Cooperative.