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article imageTilda Swinton is sleeping in a glass box at the MoMA

By Jeff Campagna     Mar 23, 2013 in Entertainment
New York - During the month of March, actress Tilda Swinton will be sleeping in a glass box at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. But, is it really art?
Tilda Swinton, the 52 year-old English actress famous for her roles in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Burn After Reading and Moonrise Kingdom, is reenacting her installation titled The Maybe, which was first performed in 1995 at the Serpentine Gallery in London and then later performed at the Museo Barracco in Rome.
Perhaps the strangest part of the unannounced installation is the completely random schedule the museum claims is part of the performance. "Museum staff doesn't know she's coming until the day of, but she's here today. She'll be there the whole day. All that's in the box is cushions and a water jug," a source for The Gothamist Reports.
The MoMA released the following statement on the art installation:
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 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.
The art piece is a collaboration with artist Cornelia Parker who is best known for her large-scale installations and art interventions. In 2003 Parker wrapped Rodin's The Kiss sculpture in Britain's Tate Gallery with a mile of string.
The MoMA is home to numerous works of modern art by Picasso, Andy Warhol, Frida Khalo and Salvador Dali. With no formal artist statement for the The Maybe, the question is: is it really art?
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