Contemporary Art

Second floor, Elizabeth Huth Coates East Tower

The Museum’s contemporary collection reflects the richness and diversity of art of the recent past. Included are significant works by pioneering abstract artists of the twentieth century, among them Hans Hofmann, I. Rice Pereira, Helen Frankenthaler, Frank Stella, Philip Guston, Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Gilliam, Alberto Mijangos and Mark DiSuvero. Contrasting with these examples of modern and contemporary abstraction are representational works by Philip Pearlstein, George Segal, Don Eddy and Wayne Thiebaud.

The collection also contains significant works by artists who have gained importance since the1980s, among them Donald Lipski, Vernon Fisher, James Surls, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Jack Goldstein, Arnold Mesches, Vik Muniz, and Dario Robleto.  Multicultural and identity issues are well represented in works by Faith Ringgold, Luis Jimenez, Kara Walker, Michael Ray Charles, Rolando Briseño, Franco Mondini-Ruiz and many others.  A new area of collecting is digital photography and new media.   

Please note some works are not always on view. 

Gary Sweeney

According to a Researcher, 2006

Gary SweeneyAmerican, born 1952According to a Researcher, 2006Routed wood, paint, letteringh. 25 in. (63.5 cm); w. 48 in. (121.9 cm)Gift...


Franco Mondini-Ruiz

Legally Separated, 2008

Franco Mondini-RuizAmerican, born 1961Legally Separated, 2008Mixed media, resin, and vintage porcelainh. 9 in. (22.9 cm); w. 10 in. (25.4 cm);...