Taylor Mead Temporarily Leaves New York; Possible Buyout in the Works
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[Photo: Clayton Patterson]Taylor Mead is battling a neighborhood increasingly run by developers and liquor licenses. After living on the fifth floor of 163 Ludlow Street for some thirty years, the 88-year-old performance artist has decided to take a leave of absence. Thanks in no small part to the new boss, controversial landlord Ben Shaoul. While the controversial character upscales the building to luxury status, Mead’s squalor worsens.
Other than a single visit by reps from Councilmember Margaret Chin’s office and the Cooper Square Committee, there hasn’t been much traction. Locals have rallied to his side, though, urging electeds to take action and help the situation. Stories in Boogie, EV Grieve, and the New York Post, alongside a highly vocal John Penley seem to be his voice. But now he’s gone. Abruptly, albeit temporarily. There was to be a discusion at the Anthology Film Archives on Sunday, which was instead fast-tracked to last night.
Since going to press with our Spring schedule, we’ve learned that Taylor Mead will be temporarily leaving NYC (for an undetermined period of time) just before our originally scheduled program on Sun, April 14. As a result, we have added a screening on Tues, April 9, with Taylor in person! Since this may be the last chance to see Taylor here in NY for some time, this evening is not to be missed! Come say goodbye to Taylor as he embarks on an adventure out west!
We hear that this journey out west is to his family in Denver. Then maybe New Orleans before returning to the city. Word is that he’s amidst a buyout negotiation with the Shaoul camp.