"The Maybe", if you haven't seen or heard about it, has gotten some loud press over the past several days, since appearing / opening at the NY MOMA last weekend.
This is more Matty's domain than mine ... so feel free to say say whatever, Matty. :)
The Maybe will reside in the NY MOMA, on an occasional, unannounced, unpredictable basis, 6 times, over the course of the next year.
It is at times said to be "performed" and also called a "still life" (not your usual bowl of apples and pears) ... and since I suppose a still life by a live, posed model is a "form of performance" then that wording lines up.
The work is a snooze-cube for actress Tilda Swinton. Swinton naps in a glass box, very similar to a display case, with only her eyeglasses, cushions and a water jug by her side.
The cube is the only work of art in the room, so viewers (and voyeurs) walk around the cube and look at it like any (other) work of art.
MoMA said in a statement, “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.”
I just read that Swinton could hear the people outside the glass -- and thought she was in the cube for double the time, rather than only 6 hours. It is not as much "fun" as it might appear to be the live subject of a still life.
We've done well with other discussions about art (modern art, pricey art, performance art, etc.) : what do you think of this as a work of art? Any thoughts?
ALSO, as it pertains to music, Tilda Swinton was in David Bowie's latest video, "The Stars are out Tonight" from his new album, The Next Day. She also recently gave a speech at the opening of the exhibition "David Bowie Is" at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, and apparently did a fine job. She's a HUGE fan of Bowie; she dressed up like Bowie for the event, including waxing back her hair.