The Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) was
among the first museums in the United States to focus on video as an artistic medium. The
materials in the archive document LBMA's innovative approaches to collecting, producing and
displaying video art, primarily between 1974 and 1999. Materials include artist files;
exhibition records; LBMA's administrative records pertaining to the video program; materials
on the museum's grant and cable television programs; photographic materials; and almost
The Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) began collecting and exhibiting video art in 1974 and
in three decades developed one of the most significant video collections in the country,
comprising approximately 5,000 videotapes. LBMA's video program started when museum
director, Jan Adlmann, hired curator David Ross to establish the museum's video program.
Exhibiting video as an artistic medium was at the forefront of LBMA's mission during the
1970s. The video program allowed artists to display their videos through experimental
exhibitions like the Southland Video Anthology (1975-1978), which featured work by hundreds
of video artists. Video art exhibitions were already taking place in Europe and on the East
Coast in the mid-1960s, and LBMA played a pivotal role in bringing video art to West Coast
465 Linear Feet
(127 boxes, circa 5,000 videos)
Contact Library Reproductions and Permissions.
Open for use by qualified researchers. Videos are unavailable until reformatted.