The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) collection of Time-Based Media Arts (TBMA) increases every year in number and complexity. Objects range from 16mm films and vintage electronic installations to digital videos, software-based artworks and video games. Customization and utilization of TMS, SAAM’s collections management system, enables collections managers to account for the volume and variety of media and equipment associated with Time-Based Media Arts. SAAM Registrars have created strategies to address the unique needs of these artworks by developing a robust cross-departmental workflow and accompanying documentation. This presentation explores SAAM’s approach to handling TBMA and how TMS performs as an integral tool for success.

Lynn Putney, Associate Registrar, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Emily Schlemmer, Assistant Registrar, Collections Information, Smithsonian American Art Museum