The tall stalk of pale, Scottish androgyny known as Tilda Swinton has brought her 1995 performance-art piece "The Maybe" to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The piece, which requires the Oscar-winning actress to lie inside a transparent box for hours at a stretch, is expected to be performed periodically during the year, according to reports.
MoMA didn't publicize Swinton's project, nor has it provided a schedule of her appearances. News of the actress' arrival to the museum came Saturday from the website Gothamist, which has photos of Swinton lying in a state of repose as museum visitors look on.
Swinton's "The Maybe" has prompted a number of amused Tweets from cultural VIPs and other observers. Comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted on Saturday: "Tilda Swinton is sleeping in a glass box on random days at MoMA in New York all year. And I just thought of a brilliant heist movie..."
In response, Swinton's Hollywood agent Brian Swardstrom (whom she thanked profusely when she won the Oscar in 2008 for "Michael Clayton") tweeted: "@pattonoswalt I'm Tilda's agent and I'm on the phone with her now. I just read this to her and she said 'I'm in!'"