An especially distinguished group of 20th-century European and American paintings and sculpture includes outstanding works by the artists responsible for shaping the course of modern artistic expression. It showcases work by Claude Monet, Amedeo Modigliani, Fernand Léger, Giorgio de Chirico, and Yves Tanguy, among others.
The collection continues with leading American modernists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Dove, Diego Rivera, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Alexander Calder, and Elie Nadelman. Color-field painting, abstract expressionism, minimalism, assemblage and mixed media, conceptual art, and video find expression in major works by Morris Louis, Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Diebenkorn, Richard Pousette-Dart, Hans Hofmann, Josef Albers, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, Lee Bontecou, Jonathan Borofsky, Nam June Paik, and others.
More recent modes of visual expression are represented by paintings and sculpture by artists such as David Bates, Philip Guston, Alice Neel, Pat Steir, James Surls and many California-based artists including Elmer Bischoff, Paul Wonner, John Baldessari and Frank Lobdell. A small but growing collection of contemporary craft, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, mixed media, fiber, and metalwork, challenge the traditional barriers between craft and the fine arts.