The Guardian reports that Tilda Swinton has reprised her occasional role of a woman sleeping in a glass box, this time taking the art-house performance to New York. Visitors to the Museum of Modern Art were treated over the weekend to a view of the Scottish actor in a state of slumber for a piece titled The Maybe.
It is not the first time the Oscar-winner has been caught napping. The live art piece – a collaboration with friend Cornelia Parker – debuted at the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Hyde Park in 1995. It was repeated a year later at the Museo Barracco in Rome. On Saturday – after an absence of some years – Swinton reprised The Maybe, remaining in a glass box for some six-and-a-half hours. Pictures of the event depicting the Burn After Reading star dressed in a light blue shirt, dark trousers and lying on white bedding. A pair on eyeglasses sat beside her.
It was also noted by The Los Angeles Times that twitter was amused. Read them using the #TheMaybe hashtag.
In a brief description of the work, a notice by the installation states: “The Maybe 1995/2013. Living artist, glass, steel, mattress, pillow, linen, water and spectacles.”
The installation will be an occasional feature at MoMA in the coming weeks, a museum spokeswoman told the Guardian. But they are not saying in advance which days The Maybe will be on show. It reminds me of David, a 107-minute film of David Beckham slumbering in bed by Sam Taylor-Wood.
And I suppose it all began with Sleep (1963) a film by Andy Warhol which consists of long take footage of John Giorno, his close friend at the time, sleeping for five hours and 20 minutes. The film was one of Warhol’s first experiments with filmmaking, and was created as an “anti-film”. Warhol would later extend this technique to his eight-hour-long film Empire.
Sleep premiered on January 17, 1964. It was presented by Jonas Mekas at Film-makers’ Cooperative. Of the nine people who attended the premiere, two left during the first hour. (wikipedia)