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Tilda Swinton Falls Asleep in a Glass Box at MoMA, Calls it Art

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Mar 24, 2013 | 12:01pm EDT

Tilda Swinton Performs The Maybe at MoMA

Beautiful creature from another world Tilda Swinton out-weirded herself on Saturday by spending the entire day sleeping in a glass box in New York's Museum of Modern Art. Don't be alarmed, it was art. 

The exhibition, called "The Maybe" — which Swinton first performed at London's Serpentine Gallery in 1995 — consists of Swinton showing up at the museum announced to sleep in a glass box supplied only with cushions and a water jug. Visitors to the museum are not allowed to feed or pet the Swinton, but they are free to wonder what she does when she has to use the bathroom. 

If you missed Saturday's performance, don't fret; Swinton plans to reprise her artsy nap multiple times this year. A MoMA source tells Gothamist, "Museum staff doesn't know she's coming until the day of … Tilda Swinton will be doing unannounced, random performance art pieces sleeping in a glass box in the museum … [Saturday] is the first performance. Each performance lasts the whole day the museum is open." 

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Of the exhibition MoMA says, "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." 

Swinton captured the attention of not only museum-goers but Twitter as well. Here are the 10 funniest tweets about Swinton's latest acting gig. 


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