Modern art just got a lot… well, sleepier.
Tilda Swinton, who most recently starred in “Moonrise Kingdom”, has been seen multiple times in the last week at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City sleeping in a glass box. The nap is a piece of performance art by Swinton entitled “The Maybe,” where she simply arrives at the museum unannounced, climbs into the elevated box, takes off her glasses and settles in for a seven or eight hour nap. People then proceed to stare awkwardly.
This isn’t the first time she has performed “The Maybe” either. The actress also appeared in the same piece in 1995 at London’s Serpentine Gallery and also in 1996 at Rome’s Museo Barracco.
If you missed out on the groggy Swinton, don’t worry, she’ll be napping six more times this year. Just make sure to be at the museum on a day she is feeling particularly drowzy.
Just what Swinton wants you to take away from this performance piece is anybody’s guess.
Is she lamenting the age of social media where even our most private acts are now public? Is she commenting on our own mortality? Is this a reference to Duchamp’s readymades; an add dozing actress to glass box type of thing? Should the viewer, upon seeing Swinton turn over and readjust her pillow, think about themselves?
If that’s the case, I already know I would be the worst public sleeper. People would be staring at me drool and snore. Maybe a bug would fly into my mouth and I’d swallow it without knowing. It would be the worst. No one would call it performance art and a museum staffer would have me removed from the exhibit.
So thank goodness for Tilda Swinton.
We can only hope she is sleepy in the New York area sometime soon.
Charlie Crespo (@Little_Utopia) is the editor-in-chief of Little Utopia.
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Just finished reading Tilda, I saw that piece on the news but not too unlike the artist that wrapped an island in pink in the Bay in Miami in the 80’s.
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The parallel, tuhgoh reversed, in white communities, is the tan. The tan denotes someone who doesn’t have to work much at all, who has leisure time to play tennis and golf and go yachting or skiing.Regan, that used to be true for Europeans as well, until the 1920’s I guess. Also keep in mind that some fair skins do not tan at all and that sun exposure doesn’t look well on them. For instance, my aunties used to steer clear from the sun, both for aesthetic and health considerations. They came of age in the twenties, so go figure.As for Sammy Sosa, remember that Dominicans have a colour hierarchy; the lighter you are, the higher on the societal scale. Making millions playing baseball is not enough to make it to the upper class in his mind. He needed the proper tone of skin to go along.White is beautiful south of the Rio Grande and throughout the Hispanic Americas.
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