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At SFO Museum: spooky, cool Ouija board exhibit

 

The Amazing Answer Board c. 1944 Courtesy Eugene Orlando_Museum of Talking Boards_SFO Museum

The Amazing Answer Board c. 1944 Courtesy Eugene Orlando_Museum of Talking Boards_SFO Museum

It’s Halloween season and a perfect time for the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport to host an exhibit of Ouija boards and other “talking boards” from the 1890s to the present.

These devices can be dated back to 1886, when news spread of Spiritualists in Ohio using a “talking board” with letters, numbers and a small wooden device, called a planchette, that pointed to the letters. With that set-up, the living could ‘simply’ hold their hands on the planchette and then spirits could move their hands to letters and words and spell out messages. (“Water the plants.” “Bring home milk” “You snore..” are some of the messages I imagine…)

Official “Ouija” boards began being produced in 1890 and a variety of knock-offs were issued with imagery that included Egyptian sphinxes, swamis, fortune tellers and witches.

Here are some images from the exhibition,  The Mysterious Talking Board: Ouija and Beyond, which is on display at San Francisco International Airport through May 7, 2017, post-security in Terminal 2.

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Can’t make it to Terminal 2 at SFO before next May, 2017? Here’s a link to the online version of the exhibition and here are links to an online Museum of Talking Boards and an online Oujia board you can use to communicate with a spirit of your choice.

All images courtesy SFO/ Eugene Orlando/Museum of Talking Boards

Museum Monday: Toy Story at SFO Museum

Woody Bud Luckey reproduction of marker on paper Courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios  -

Woody
Bud Luckey
reproduction of marker on paper
Courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios –

A new exhibition from the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the Toy Story film with a presentation of artwork and artifacts from Pixar.

Early Woody and Woody - cast urethane resin Courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios  -

Early Woody and Woody – cast urethane resin
Courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios –

Included in Toy Story at Twenty are maquettes, modeling sculptures, creative props and images that illustrate the development of Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang. Look for the fun exhibit, pre-security, in the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby through May 22, 2016.

Aliens - Courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios

Aliens – Courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios

Mingei: Traditional Japanese Art at the SFO Museum

SFO Mingei Fish

Carp lantern 20th century Japan – courtesy SFO Museum

The SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport is hosting an exhibition of traditional Japanese arts – mingei – in the International Terminal Main Hall through January 2016.

The objects on view include lanterns, fans, iron kettles and toys and are on loan from the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, which collects and exhibits the arts of daily use.

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Maneki neko 20th century Japan – clay From Mingei International Museum – courtesy SFO Museum

SFO Museum happy face

Charcoal caddy possibly 1800s gourd, paint Mingei International Museum -Courtesy SFO Museum

Monsters move in to SFO Airport

Frankenstein

The newest offering from the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport is an exhibition about monsters.

Not the kind that live under the bed, but the monsters made famous by Universal Pictures, which pretty much invented the monster movie genre in 1923 with the Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney in 1925.

Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi in the first talking vampire movie, followed in 1931, and within a year, fans were being frightened by Frankenstein, which was inspired by Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel. Later came The Mummy and a series of mummy movies, The Werewolf of London (1935) and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Revenge of the Creature prop head  c. 1955_courtesy SFO Museum

One big fan of monster memorabilia is Metallica’s Kirk Hammett,
and its part of his collection of monster movie props, original artwork, themed novelty toys and other creature collectibles that are on display in SFO Terminal 2 through November 2015.

Some of Hammett’s custom-made monster guitars are on display too.

Guitars_Custom Monster_from the Kirk Hammett Collection_ courtesy SFO Museum

(Photos courtesy of SFO Museum)

SFO Museum celebrates aviators at the 1915 World’s Fair

SFO_Art Smith ( left) with his biplane and fairgoers at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition,

Art Smith (at left) with his biplane and fairgoers at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco 1915. Courtesy SFO Museum

A new exhibition at San Francisco International Airport displays images of the popular aeronautical programs that were presented at San Francisco’s 1915 World’s Fair – known as the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

SFO_Lincoln Beachey performing in his biplane over the Panama-Pacific International Exposition grounds,

Lincoln Beachey performing in his biplane over the Panama-Pacific International Exposition grounds, San Francisco December 25, 1913 – courtesy SFO Museum

Included in Fancy Flying: Aviation at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition – are twenty-one recently created black and white gelatin silver prints made from the vintage glass plate negatives of the Cardinell-Vincent Company. Many show famous birdmen of the day, including Lincoln Beachey and Art Smith, who performed aerial acrobatics for the crowds.

SFO_Art Smith performing an illuminated night flight at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition,

Art Smith performing an illuminated night flight at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco 1915 – Courtesy SFO Museum

Many fairgoers got their first look at an airplane at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition and many paid what was then a considerable sum of money – $10.00 – for an air tour over San Francisco Bay in a floatplane made by the Loughead brothers, who later changed the spelling of their name to Lockheed.

Fancy Flying: Aviation at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition is part of the citywide centennial celebration and is on display in the pre-security area of the SFO International Terminal through August 31, 2015. (Open Sunday to Friday; closed Saturday and holidays).

Can’t get to SFO before August? Here’s a link to an online exhibition of some of the images.