Having a Moment is an installation of work by Terry Adkins, Diane Arbus, David Hammons, Sigmar Polke, and Carol Rama, presented on the third floor of the Madison Avenue gallery in response to the exhibition Visible Traces (Mountain Water Air).
Inside the Gaiety – a small, dark space with a stage, a movie screen, and two tiers of seats – some men sat in various states of undress and arousal while others dozed quietly. Talley and Galliano stood in the middle of the aisle to the left of the stage and waited for the dancers to appear. Talley was hoping for a “moment.” He finds moments in other people’s impulses (“I can tell you were about to have a moment”), work (“What Mr. Lagerfeld and I were after in those photographs was a moment”), architecture (“This room could use a certain…moment”), social gatherings (“These people are having a moment”). When the dancers entered, one by one, Talley said, “This is a major moment, child.”
Hilton Als, “The Only One,” a profile of Vogue Creative Director André Leon Talley in the New Yorker (October 30, 1994), republished in White Girls.