Tilda Swinton, Communist?

In an earlier post, Ex Bootneck confessed to watching Top Gun for twenty minutes and Billy Elliot for ten. In college, I watched a movie called Orlando for all of five minutes before I decided it was simply not for me. The starring actress, Tilda Swinton, came across as both bloodless and anemic, which may be a contradiction. And now she is up to new tricks:

Tilda Swinton has snoozing down to an art.

The “Moonrise Kingdom” actress, 52, took up residence in a glass box at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Saturday as part of an unannounced performance piece.

Tilda Swinton, She helped launched the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Actress sleeps in box: Tilda Swinton. She helped launched the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Clad in jeans and a blue button-down shirt, the Academy Award winner slept on an unadorned white pallet in a transparent display case.

A label for the work lists its materials as “living artist, glass, steel, mattress, pillow, linen, water, and spectacles.”

Her public napping is part of a performance art piece titled “The Maybe,” which she debuted in 1995 at London’s Serpentine Gallery. She later repeated the work in the Museo Barraco in Rome.

Swinton will return to the glass case several times to appear in the installation, but the exhibition dates remain a mystery even to MoMA employees.

Interesting facts about Tilda:

Her father is Major-General Sir John Swinton, KCVO, OBE, DL, and Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire from 1989 to 2000.


While at Cambridge, she joined the Communist Party.

Her father must be proud. Of her (yawn) artistic expression.

7 thoughts on “Tilda Swinton, Communist?”

  1. Perhaps I should volunteer my services and sit in the same glass box when she has finished with it, I can expose my feet and allow the viewing public to watch my toe nails grow.

    Shhhh! I think I can hear them growing now?

    God give me the strength to go to bed…


  2. I guess I’ve been away from all the celebrity hoopla (is that a word?) out there…I not only don’t care, I don’t even know who she is….so such an endeavor by a celebrity numbnuts type is lost on me….k

  3. Kris: Numbnuts is the correct term. Look at the clowns smiling over this (in the picture!)
    Christina: In all fairness to Billy Elliot, I’ve never seen the movie. I just wanted to give Ex B a little grief over an English movie.

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