People Seem Really Excited About Tilda Swinton Sleeping in a Box at MoMA

Connor Simpson
March 23, 2013

That Tilda Swinton is a little strange should not come as a surprise. But we bet you didn't know she occasionally does a performance art piece where she occasionally sleeps in a glass box at a museum over the course of a month. 

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It's all part of a performance art piece called "The Maybe" that she's performed twice before. This is the first time Swinton has performed "The Maybe" in the U.S. She did it for the first time at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1995, and again later at the Museo Barracco in Rome. 

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Swinton was first spotted lurking the MoMA halls late yesterday, but the keen-eyed observers had no idea why: 

So...@andreistrizek and I just rode the escalator at MoMA behind Tilda Swinton.

— Steven Cuevas (@StevenMCuevas) March 22, 2013

And then, as the museum opened today, some reports started coming in over Twitter what was going on: 

#TildaSwinton is sleeping in a glass box all day today @moma. twitter.com/DavidHallberg/…

— David Hallberg (@DavidHallberg) March 23, 2013

People seems excited: 

Oh my god I'm gonna get a bagel and then I'm gonna go see Tilda Swinton sleeping in a box.

— bobby finger (@bobbyfinger) March 23, 2013

best news alert from my cousin: "Tilda Swinton is sleeping in a box at MOMA!"

— Missinfo (@Missinfo) March 23, 2013

So…I guess Tilda Swinton doesn't have a bracket? gothamist.com/2013/03/23/pho…

— Caitlin Kelly (@atotalmonet) March 23, 2013

If you happen to live in New York and don't have plans for the afternoon, you might want to head down to the MoMA and check this out. If you happen to live in New York and have plans for the afternoon, you might want to cancel those plans and go to the MoMA. Come on.

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Reuters' Anthony De Rosa said it best: art is weird. 

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[Inset via Gizmodo's Sam Biddle]