Actress Tilda Swinton sleeps in glass box for NY museum performance

NEW YORK Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:41pm EDT

Cast member Tilda Swinton attends a news conference for the film ''Moonrise Kingdom'', by director Wes Anderson, in competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, May 16, 2012. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Cast member Tilda Swinton attends a news conference for the film ''Moonrise Kingdom'', by director Wes Anderson, in competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, May 16, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Visitors to the Museum of Modern Art in New York had the chance to see an unusual performance on Saturday: Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton sleeping in a glass box.

For a performance piece call "The Maybe," Swinton wore a light blue shirt, dark blue pants and shoes while lying on white bedding with eyeglasses beside her.

"Living artist, glass, steel, mattress, pillow, linen, water, and spectacles," a description card said.

First performed in London in 1995, the performance piece will be repeated periodically throughout this year, museum spokeswoman Margaret Doyle said.

"The nature of the concept is that it not be announced in advance, nor publicized by the museum," Doyle said.

Swinton, 52, won an Oscar for best supporting actress in the 2007 film "Michael Clayton." Other credits include the title role in "Julia," "Burn After Reading" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

(Reporting by Corrie MacLaggan and Daniel Trotta; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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Comments (9)
AZ1811 wrote:
Performance art???? You can find air traffic controllers on night shifts doing this every night. And SHE gets paid to do this??? Are we a bunch of idiots? The answer is, unfortunately, yes for most Americans. And it only getting worse.

Mar 24, 2013 2:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
FTCAIN wrote:
It is really pathetic what passes for art and music in todays world! Whats next, feces on a stick?

Mar 24, 2013 6:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
halloween wrote:
I agree with AX1811 and FTCAIN. I guess sleeping in a car or bus or in a chair is art. How sad. When you look back through history and see the art done in paint and stone and wood and then someone says’s sleeping in a box is art, what a bunch of crap, but then again if some movie star hollywood says it then people fall all over theirselves for it, shows the mentality of most people.

Mar 24, 2013 8:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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