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sleeping women lieHey Ladies! Are you really good at sleeping? Do you like Museums? Do you need a job? Well then we’ve got the gig for you. The New Museum has some wack-a-doodle installation up and they need women to sleep in it during public hours. For money. No joke! I mean it’s on idealist, really!

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Chun Yun, I will sleep for you, but alas, I am not a woman.


The NEW MUSEUM is searching for women between the ages of 18 and 40 to take part in an installation by contemporary artist CHU YUN (b.1977, Jiangxi, China)

The exhibition

The exhibition, “The Generational: Younger Than Jesus,” is the first edition of a major recurring triennial at the New Museum. It will be the first international exhibition in New York City devoted to emerging artists from around the world.

From April 7th to June 28th, the exhibition will present the work of fifty international artists born after 1976, offering a rich and intricate exploration of the production of a new generation of artists.

During the exhibition the museum will present Chu Yun’s artwork This is XX (2006), consisting of a female participant sleeping in a bed installed in the museum.

The artist

Artist Chu Yun is based in Beijing and studied traditional Chinese painting at the Fine Arts Academy of Sichuan. He creates installations that challenge commonly accepted elements of contemporary society. In This is XX, Chu Yun creates a human sculpture by inducing sleep.

The title of the work changes according to the participant’s name, from This is Kate to This is Jenny and so forth. It was first exhibited at Frieze Art Fair in London, where the piece featured a different participant each day.

Chu Yun’s work has been exhibited throughout China and Europe.

Participant profile

Women aged between 18 and 40 who are willing to come and sleep at the Museum during its opening hours to the public. Volunteers who can make a long-term commitment and who have current valid health insurance will be given priority.

The New Museum will cover the cost of a visit to each participant’s regular doctor as well as a prescription for a sleeping aid. Participants will have to come to the museum by 11:45 am, consume a sleeping aid, get into a bed installed in the exhibition space, and sleep as many consecutive hours as possible.

Working Hours & Conditions

Exhibition: April 7th, 2009 – June 28th, 2009: during the opening hours of the museum
(Wednesday 12-6pm, Thursday and Friday 12-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm).

Ideally, we expect each participant to sleep for 6 hours.
How to Apply:
For registration or further information please send a short biography, a picture and your availability to Anna Clifford at curatorial_intern2@newmuseum.org, at your earliest convenience and we will arrange a follow up meeting.