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

Mar 25, 2013 By Abraham

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…

(via Kottke)


  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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