Sweet Series

The Future is Cake: The Inevitability of Geometry, Aesthetic, and the Climate Crisis

An attempt to gaze into the future of pastry; to discuss the idea of fluent geometry in Louis Sullivan and Moorish architecture; delve into the world of cake aesthetics online and the rise of radical softness; and engage the climate crisis and how it will shape the desserts of the future. Speculative and playful, this lecture is meant to offer hope as we move into a decolonial future. Led by Edward Cabral–multimedia sculptor, chef, and lecturer–this event will finish with a presentation of desserts that skirt familiar–pulling from historical techniques as well as contemporary practices, Cabral presents what our future might taste like.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Clamor of Ornament, The future is Cake is the final installment of a three-part series of public programs that draws inspiration from the works on view and explores one of the most contemporary expressions of ornament–patisserie–through the context of design and history.


    This program is made possible by Hilary and Peter Hatch.

    Major support for The Clamor of Ornament is provided by The Coby Foundation, Ltd., the Director's Circle of The Drawing Center, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Generous funding is provided by Dita Amory, Michèle Gerber Klein, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Sara Story Design, Josh Smith, and Barbara Toll. Additional support is provided by Amy Gold and Brett Gorvy, Isabel Stainow Wilcox, Phyllis Tuchman, Paul Morelli, the Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, Suzanne Slesin and Michael Steinberg, Adelphi Paper Hangings, LLC, Plain English Design, and Madeline Weinrib. Support for the exhibition catalog is provided by Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.