The art piece, “The Maybe,” was created by Swinton and artist Cornelia Parker. It was first performed in London in 1995, and the performance art later moved to Rome. In the MoMA version, Swinton will arrived to sleep in her box at random, unannounced times. These performance times are so unannounced, in fact, that even the museum does not know when she will appear.
Gothamist spoke to a source at the museum who confirmed the randomness of all of this. “Museum staff doesn’t know she’s coming until the day of,” the source said. “Each performance lasts the whole day the museum is open.” In addition to only occurring intermittently, Swinton’s art piece will be located in various parts of the museum at different times.
MoMA’s official explanation for the performance art is as follows:
“An integral part of ‘The Maybe’s incarnation at MoMA in 2013 is that there is no published schedule for its appearance, no artist’s statement released, no museum statement beyond this brief context, no public profile or image issued. Those who find it chance upon it for themselves, live and in real — shared — time: now we see it, now we don’t.”
The Scottish actress has appeared in more than 50 films throughout her career. Swinton won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2008 for “Michael Clayton.”