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Friday, March 29, 2013

Tilda Swindon sleeping at MoMA

Actress Tilda Swinton will be sleeping in a glass box at MoMA at unannounced times between now and the end of the year. It's part of a performance piece called "The Maybe." “Those who find it chance upon it for themselves, live and in real shared time," the museum said in a statement.

This is definitely one of those "is this art?" moments. What do you think?

P.S. More awesome art: Swings, indoor playground, whispering secrets, and marrying Prince William.

(Photos by Gothamist, via Kottke)

48 comments:

Anna said...

Only Swinton and only at the MoMa :) Hope I get the chance to see it!

Anna said...

Or an early april's fool joke? Hard to tell in this case.

Lindsey McLean said...

That makes me think of the Sex and the City episode with the performance art installation with the knife ladders! ;)

Meaghan Carpenter said...



http://hyperallergic.com/57315/did-lady-gaga-rip-off-artist-taras-polataiko/

The Artist is Present...Marina Abramovic.

Jennifer P. said...
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Alma said...

How wonderful!!! I can only dream about performances like that... It's so sad that this kind of art can't be found in Mexico!

Alma
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Ashley said...

Filed under "random and, let's be honest, a little weird" .. But aren't all the greatest things in that category? :-)

Lisa Chow said...

I love Tilda Swinton. She makes me want to bleach my hair, chop it off and dress like a spaceman. Maybe it's research for an upcoming role? And very reminiscent of Marina Abramovic.

Maddy from MPDaily said...

As a horrible sleeper, how is she doing this? I have to be in the dark and read a few pages before I can actually get my eyes tired enough for bed. What is her secret?

Elizabeth Lee said...

I wish I could see this! :)

Amanda Smith said...

You got a typo in your title. thought i'd point out so you could fix it. Love the blog!

the delicate place said...

tilda swindon is my spirit animal. i love that ice queen! so random and only in nyc haha

shawn said...

Haha! Am I the only person who laughed out loud at how ridiculous this is? No one would care about this piece if not for her celebrity. Reminds me of the last season of Sex and the City when Carrie meets the Russian at a similar art exhibit. I just can't take this seriously. I sincerely hope she's donating any profits made to charity.

Paige said...

Reminds me of the SATC episode when Carre and Charlotte go see the exhibit of the woman who doesn't sleep and they see Alexander Petrovsky!

Paige said...

ah! Just realized the commenter before me was on the same "page" as me!

Emmeline said...

Swinton did this once before in 1995, in London at the Serpentine Gallery. I remember a newspaper report about a man banging on the glass and shouting, "wake up you stupid b*tch!" or something like that. I think the piece is kind of awesome and interesting.

SincerelySammie said...

I TOTALLY agree with Paige! This immediately reminded me of that SATC episode, too!

lily said...

I wish I had a spot in Midtown where I could go when I need a nap!

CP and KW said...

bizarre! :)
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Stephanie Sabbe said...

SO random. But I am filing Tilda under future kids names. Love it.

Anna said...

This reminds me of the Sex and the City series, where the lady was living in this apartment as a human/living piece of art. I`m not sure if I like it or if it scares me.

Gabriella said...

Very cool. Half the fun is seeing how people react to this sort of "happening."

Sarah said...

When I first saw this I thought, how is this art? How boring. But I guess when you think about it, we're all works of art (Gods). I guess we should all make placards with our name and what we are wearing and wear them around our neck. She is no more a work of art than I am. I'm just sayin.

a said...

This is AWESOME. Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth Rose Bowman said...

of course its art!

Beth B. said...

HAHA! I had the same exact thought.

Chung Nguyen said...

Performance art is definitely art!

thehumblegourmet said...

As a massive Swinton and art fan, I would definitely file this under "art". The woman is living, walking art. Look at her!

Lauren MIrow Blankenship said...

It causes a reaction - takes people out of their comfort zones - oh yeah it's art.

Carol Wexell Wayne said...

Not art! Kinda silly!

Unknown said...

Art, yes. Good art, no.

asuka said...

So does burping in an elevator. I think that's an insufficient condition.

Neda said...

Have you seen this? Marina Abramovic sharing silence with strangers, and then with her ex love. MoMa again. Very human and heartbreaking in a way:
http://zengarage.com.au/2013/03/marina-abramovic-and-ulay/

36xty5 said...

That would be soo cool to see! Funny Art maybe?

Sandra Carson said...

Pretty cool..i wish i could get the chance to see this..

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Caroline Beeson said...

Almost as artistic as when you could sit opposite an artist & stare at them for as long as you could - one of their past exhibits!!

mary @ BG JOURNALS said...

Hasn't this been done a few times before? Maybe I am just thinking of that Sex and the City episode as others have mentioned, but I'm pretty sure this road has been traveled down its just this time its a celebrity...

Erica @ Acire Adventures said...

I think it's neat even if it isn't art in the way we usually think of it. Art is pretty hard to nail down a solid definition for anyways, when you get down to it. I wonder if she actually sleeps in there. I'm not sure I could, being in a weird environment with so many people around. Could you?

cleartheway said...

Ridiculous.

Kate from Clear the Way

Holly Hardy said...

Interesting. She's v. 'alternative', have you seen her in the video for David Bowie's latest single? I wonder if she's actually ASLEEP or just pretending to sleep.

Shama Eames said...

Not art :) thanks for actually asking the question! but super cool blog <3

Daniella C said...

lol, so silly. i wonder how much she's getting paid for that?

dervla kelly said...

This reminds me of Marina Abramovic's piece at MOMA that i wish i'd gone to. I'd love to happen upon Tilda by chance, but in the days of Twitter the cat is probably out of the bag as soon as she appears in the glass box.

laurenfoode.com said...

I pitched sporadic naps to my boss as part of an "experimental project" here at my office job. He did not go for it.

Mina said...

I suppose anything could be art. That is something to be decided by the viewer, I think. I personally, do not think this is art. Unless of course... she's an avid sleep talker. Then it would be kind of entertaining. : )

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Meadow said...

I'm not really a fan of these art installations. Call my tastes conservative or old fashioned, but I think of art as something pretty and that appeals to my tastes. An actress sleeping in a museum/gallery is meh. It just strikes me as pretentious. I know that people say art can be anything that gets people talking, but I call BS.

Heather Gray said...

Yes, this is art to me. I think art is meant to create a reaction, connect with the viewer and get the viewer to think about the world. I think actors are most certainly artists as well and Tilda is very talented. It's funny that we try to define what art is when it's very existence challenges it's definition constantly. My favorite thing about art these days is performance and installation work that brings people together face to face. We need more things that do that in this world.

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