1 Year: Clever Cards

These birthday gifts come with tongue in cheek. Museum Assistant (and artist) Kate Boone gives the blog a portrait of Security Room Operator (and artist) Champneys Taylor with a message. Program Coordinator at the Center for the Study of Modern Art Meg Clark riffs on a 2009 project in the Phillips cafe by artist collective dBfoundation that was called this is not that CAFE.

A drawing entitled "Champ" of Phillips staff member and artist Champneys Taylor by blog photographer Kate Boone with speech bubble that says "Happy 1st Birthday to the Blog and the Faces Behind the Museum. Heh Heh."

By Kate Boone

Birthday card for the blog by staff member Meg Clark reads "this is not a happy anniverary wish" over a background on which the words happy anniversary written in cursive fills the page, a riff on 2009 contemporary art project "this is not that cafe"

By Meg Clark

1 Year: Birthday Birds

Braque’s Bird (1956) inspired The Experiment Station‘s avian avatar, which in turn inspired these winged 1st anniversary gifts. Manager of Public Programs and In-Gallery Interpretation Brooke Rosenblatt‘s cloud-shaped card shows Braque’s bird swooping in to blow out a candle. Museum Assistant (and artist) Joshua Navarro folded a paper crane with best wishes. And  Conservation Fellow Patti Favero layered strips of paper and gold glitter to craft our blog a cozy nest.

A cloud card with hand drawn Braque bird and birthday cake by Brooke Rosenblatt

By Brooke Rosenblatt

Photo of oragami crane card by anonymouse contributor with experimental nest by Patti Favero

Origami crane card by Joshua Navarro with experimental nest by Patti Favero

1 Year: Creative Cakes

What’s a birthday party without a cake (and balloons, party hats, and noise makers)? Museum Assistant (and artist) Sue Ahn and IT Support Specialist (and artist) Sandy Lee sculpt cakes and favors out of paper. In-Gallery Interpretation and Public Programs Coordinator Amanda Jirón-Murphy cuts away at her sheet to reveal a fête complete with treats.

Photos of two hand-made paper cakes by Sue Ahn and Sandy Lee

Cakes by Sue Ahn (left) and Sandy Lee (right)

A photo of a hand-cut doily featuring birthday cake and balloons for the blog by Amanda Jirón-Murphy|

By Amanda Jirón-Murphy