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.