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Tilda Swinton, Best Actress in a Box

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Tilda Swinton
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Tilda Swinton, impossibly cool Oscar-winning actress, David Bowie video muse, fashion renegade, general Scottish bad-ass, will sleep in a box for seven-hour stretches as part of a MoMA performance piece this year.

The Gothamist reports that the Swinton-conceived piece “The Maybe,” which she brought to a London gallery in 1995 and later recreated it in a Rome museum, premiered yesterday at the New York museum.

“Museum staff doesn’t know she’s coming until the day of, but she’s here today,” a MoMA source was quoted. “She’ll be there the whole day. All that’s in the box is cushions and a water jug.”

The MoMA declared that Swinton will nap/perform “The Maybe” about a half-dozen more times, all of them unannounced and unpublicized, throughout 2013.

I’m surprised she chose to wear shoes. And are those eyeglasses at her side? Who needs a stretch? However silly and pretentious this all might sound at first blush, the sight of the curled-up, still woman, being peered at like a sleeping tiger, is rather startling and beautiful, isn’t it?