Elizabeth Tobias explores the scale of hunger in Los Angeles through an unlikely medium… the beloved cupcake! Over the course of several months, Tobias set up cupcake pop-up shops of sorts everywhere from Skid Row to Beverly Hills. She bartered homemade cupcakes for stories about hunger and homelessness, which participants jotted down on index cards.
“Let Them Eat Cupcakes” is on view as part of “Measure for Measure“, a group show about the scale of hunger, curated by Harvard University physicist Lisa Randall and artist Lia Halloran, which will travel to Harvard in the Fall. For the show, Tobias morphed her cupcake pop-up into installation art. “What at first looks like a party — candy-colored sprinkles, pretty paper lanterns and handwritten notes – takes on new meaning when it is housed in a bright yellow emergency tent.”
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