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NEW YORK — Though Lord & Taylor has been in the throes of the takeover of its parent May Department Stores by Federated Department Stores, the division continues experimenting with offbeat window displays as it seeks to attract wider audiences into the store.
There’s been an ongoing collaboration with the Marlborough Gallery to juxtapose original paintings, sculpture and illustrations with fashion, and over the last few years L&T has shown works by Red Grooms, Larry Rivers, Richard Estes, Thierry Despont and Manolo Valdes.
Even Corvette sports cars were hauled into the Fifth Avenue bank of windows for a past Father’s Day. Now the transportation theme takes an unusual turn, with old auto tires cut, twisted and sculpted into expressive, alien-like forms. It’s the work of artist Chakaia Booker, a native of Newark, N.J., who has a studio in Harlem.
According to L&T, Booker’s early works were in the form of utilitarian pottery and woven baskets and later, metal scraps, paper and fabrics were utilized. As of late, rubber tires have become Booker’s signature. Out of something mundane and masculine, she creates something unique. Booker’s work is found in numerous museums and galleries, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum of Art, The New School for Social Research and The Studio Museum in Harlem.