By now you’ve probably heard about the biggest performance art piece to hit the United States since that time you could stare at a woman in a robe for as long as your heart desired: Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton is performing The Maybe, a piece in which she sleeps in a clear glass box, intermittently throughout the year at the Museum of Modern Art. Swinton originated the piece in 1995, back before most people here knew who she was (at the time, her biggest role was the androgynous title character in Sally Potter’s Orlando).
Swinton will be performing The Maybe throughout the year at random, and there will be no schedule for the performance, according to MoMa (via Gothamist):
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 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.
Gothamist also reports that Swinton will be performing The Maybe "about a half-dozen more times between now and the end of the year, ‘each unannounced and in a different location in the Museum.’" For those of you that are desperate to watch someone sleep all day, it looks like you’ll have to hang around MoMa a lotttttt this year, aimlessly wandering around hoping for Tilda Swinton. Or you could come to my apartment: I managed to sleep until 4 PM on Saturday. Needless to say, I didn’t make it to the museum this weekend.
UPDATE: a pal at Gothamist just IMed me to say that Tilda is BACK IN THE BOX! Run, don’t walk, uptown to see one of our greatest living artists dozin’ off!
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