At Morningsider we are always happy to share the special treasures of living Uptown! One such gem is the Harlem Arts Salon.  The salon is an intimate cultural and networking gathering hosted by Margaret Porter Troupe.  Margaret Porter Troupe is the former owner and director of Porter Troupe Gallery in San Diego, California.  These historic events occur in a private setting in the magnificent turn-of-the-century landmark Graham Court apartments.

The Harlem Arts Salon presents book signings, art exhibitions, and other cultural programs featuring distinguished artists from the United States and abroad, with a special emphasis on artists from the African Diaspora. Since 2003, Harlem Arts Salon has presented novelist and MacArthur Award recipient, Ishmael Reed; the father of African jazz, Hugh Masekela; the distinguished Caribbean novelist, Maryse Condé; acclaimed poet and political activist, Amiri Baraka (with a special guest appearance by saxophonist, David Murray). Mr. Baraka’s drawings were also exhibited in the Salon’s gallery. Other visual arts events include an artist’s talk and exhibit of mixed media works by the West Coast-based award-winning artist, Mildred Howard, and a group show of art works by Romare Bearden, Skunder Boghassian, Edouard Duval Carrié, Emilio Cruz, Sam Doyle, Jacgabriel, Al Loving, and Gelsy Verna. Exhibitions by artists such as Edgar Arceneaux, Jose Bedia, Albert Chong, Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Oliver Jackson, Michael Marshall, Elizabeth Murray, Shizuko Ohno, Italo Scanga, Henry Taylor have added additional perspective to this dialogue.

The programs of the Harlem Arts take place on Sunday afternoons and are served up with a mouth-watering, home-cooked meal and delicious wine or champagne. Admittance is by invitation or appointment only. For more information you can email the organizers at or join the mailing list at

Upcoming programming at the Harlem Arts Salon is a discussion with poet Tyehimba Jesus on Sunday December 15 from 3 to 5pm.