Report: LES Performance Pioneer Arleen Schloss Recovering from Near-Fatal Fall

Posted on: February 4th, 2014 at 6:11 am by

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Arleen Schloss, Photo: Massimo Nicolaci, courtesy of Stuart Ginsberg

There’s some sad news to report today on performance art pioneer Arleen Schloss.

Apparently, Ms. Schloss suffered a near-fatal brain injury when she slipped and fell at her Broome Street home last month. The seventy-year-old, who also suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, was rushed to Bellevue where she is now on the mend. It’ll be a few months of intense rehab, though. Friends and family have since taken to a crowdfunding website to help raise the cash needed for medical expenses and the like. Target is $25,000, and every little bit helps.

Schloss was legendary on the Lower East Side art scene. From 1979 to 1995, she opened her loft at 330 Broome Street to the creative crowd. The “venue” was called A’s (The “A” actually stands for Anarchy), and became an incubator of creativity that nurtured the talents of then unknown artists, actors, and musicians like Sonic Youth, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Eric Bogosian, Glenn Branca, Phoebe Legere and Alan Suiclde, among many others.

In related news, a documentary by Stuart Ginsberg chronicling her lifeWednesdays at A’s – is still in that purgatory of post-production. Trailer below:

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