Tilda Swinton Sleeping in a Box in NYC
The actor performs her art piece at MoMA
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2013 5:08 PM CDT
Actress Tilda Swinton attends the TIME 100 gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at the Frederick P. Rose Hall on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

(Newser) – Tilda Swinton is in a box, she's resting, and people are watching her. That's the gist of "The Maybe," a piece the actor is performing today at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Gawker reports. Only problem for art (or Swinton) fans is that she may or may not be there on any given day. As MoMA puts it:

  • "An integral part of The Maybe's incarnation at MoMA in 2013 is that there is no published schedule for its appearance. ... Those who find it chance upon it for themselves, live and in real-shared-time: now we see it, now we don't."

In case you're wondering, Swinton has only cushions and a jug of water in the box. She first performed "The Maybe" in London in 1995 and later Rome before bringing it to Manhattan. See photos at Gothamist.

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kateINC
Mar 26, 2013 3:04 PM CDT
I actually think she's a great actress; her performance as archangel Gabriel opposite Keanu Reeves in Constantine was amazing. Yes, she is very androgynous, but also very versatile. The "art" of sleeping in a box is silly, though.
shesfireandice
Mar 25, 2013 5:04 PM CDT
Snore...... and for her next performance piece, we get to watch HER watching paint dry. She's a very talented actress, but this particular role doesn't do her justice. I can't imagine anyone paying to "maybe" see her lounging or drinking bottled water or "maybe" pretending she doesn't have to go to the bathroom.
squiggysmom1
Mar 24, 2013 7:15 PM CDT
Tilda Swinton is one of the best and least appreciated actors in the world. Her movie "Julia" proves that this woman has more talent in her little finger than all of the up and coming younger actors put together. It's sad that people judge her by whether of not she is beautiful. At least we're not constantly hearing about her being in rehab or who she stayed married to for 3 months.