Tilda Swinton sleeping in a glass box at an art museum [6 pictures]

March 25, 2013 | By Abraham | 17 comments

In a piece of performance art called “The Maybe,” actress Tilda Swinton spends time napping in a glass box in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The box and its sleepy resident show up at unannounced times and at different locations in the museum…

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  1. Jeff says:

    Oh wow, the sleep and position relays the inherent post-dominant progressive empiricism and subsequent Pre-Gothic mass transcendentalism of modern America!

    Actually, wait, sorry, it’s just some woman sleeping.

  2. Corban says:


    This is the problem with a lot of contemporary art: The artist typically focuses so heavily on concept and so little on the execution and skills of the trade that it leaves the layperson with a disappointed sense of “I could do that.”

      1. Corban says:

        You’re right!

        For instance, every layperson who has listened to John Cage’s 4’33″ has walked away with a sense of childlike wonder saying to his/her self: “Wow! Only a brilliant and studied composer of music with an intricate knowledge of harmony and counterpoint could have written such a beautiful piece of music.”

  3. Point? says:

    What is the point to that? It seems useless to me everyone knows what we look like when asleep do we really need a so called artist (If this is all she does how could it be called art?) Sleeping is not an art! *facepalm*

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