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Tilda Swinton Is Sleeping in a Museum and Calling It Art

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Tilda Swinton in 'The Maybe' at MoMA (Splash News)


Actress Tilda Swinton is getting in on the perpetual debate over what constitutes art. Or, rather, she's sleeping on it.

The 52-year-old Oscar winner is taking part in a performance art piece at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City called "The Maybe," in which she'll make at least a half-dozen surprise appearances over the course of the rest of the year. But don't expect her to be giving a performance like she does in "We Need to Talk About Kevin" or even a David Bowie music video. Nope, she'll be in a glass box, where she'll nap in front of museum-goers.

In other words, maybe you'll see her, and maybe you won't. Maybe she's really sleeping, maybe she's not.

"Museum staff doesn't know she's coming until the day of," a MoMA source told Gothamist. "She'll be there the whole day. All that's in the box is cushions and a water jug."

Well, that's not really all. According to the museum placard, the installation consists of "Living artist, glass, steel, mattress, pillow, linen, water, and spectacles."

One mustn't forget the spectacles.

Here's all that the museum has published about the exhibit: "An integral part of 'The Maybe''s incarnation at MoMA in 2013 is that there is no published schedule for its appearance, no artist's statement released, no museum statement beyond this brief context, no public profile or image issued. Those who find it chance upon it for themselves, live and in real – shared – time: now we see it, now we don't."

According to Gothamist, "The Maybe" was first performed in London in 1995 and Swinton came up with the performance piece. She's also performed it in Rome.

No word yet on what happens when Tilda needs to use the ladies room.

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