FROM THE COLLECTION // The Museum of Vancouver’s 1930’s Ouiji Board

FROM THE COLLECTION aims to introduce readers to the inventories of local art galleries, museums and other cultural institutions, not via official exhibition notes but by way of the people that help manage and maintain the collections themselves.

“Some days, while working alone in the dark recesses of collections storage, I struggle to rein in my imagination…”

For this edition From The Collection, we asked the Acting Curator of the Museum of Vancouver, Jillian Povarchook, to share a museum piece that really spoke to her. Being that we are just around the corner from Halloween, she snuck into a dark corner of the museum and returned with something creepy, an old ouija board.

Jillian explains: “Ouija boards are almost banal in their ubiquity, but there is a small part of me that remains uneasy in the presence of this graphically striking wood board from the 1930s. There are so many lives and stories represented in the collection of nearly 80,000 objects and belongings at MOV. Some days, while working alone in the dark recesses of collections storage, I struggle to rein in my imagination, picturing the ouija board summoning them on its own. It’s a very simple testament to the power of objects in our lives.”

There is 1 comment

  1. Beautiful photo. I’d really love to visit the museum one day, but 11,000 km is a long walk.

    There is more information about the Ouija?

    Greetings from Buenos Aires.

Reflecting on Six Decades of Art Collecting with Hy’s President & CEO, Neil Aisenstat

In honour of Hy’s Canada's 60th anniversary, the son of founder Hy Aisenstat reflects on the restaurant’s legacy, and what has made Hy's Steakhouse an institution for generations of locals and visitors alike for over half of a century...

An Ordinary Object Fashioned Out of Extraordinary Circumstances

For this edition of From the Collection, Kim Luttich, curator and designer of Main Street watering hole, Hero's Welcome, continues mining through their extensive collection to share an innocuous yet inventive piece of history...

A Symbolic and Well-Traveled Piece of Luggage Uncovered from the MOV

Stanley Chia, Program Assistant and Museum Interpreter at the Museum of Vancouver, selects an item that triggers thoughts of his own personal journey and current place in the world...

FROM THE COLLECTION // A Priceless, Lovingly Engraved Memento Preserved by Hero’s Welcome

In this edition of From the Collection, we once again hear from Kim Luttich, who continues to unearth interesting items from the former legion's growing collection of wartime artifacts.