More than 9,000 objects in the collection span time and place. Paintings and sculpture represent the development of Western European and American art from the 14th-century to the present. Gifts over the years have included 38 Old Masters, a Kress Foundation donation of Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces, and a bequest of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.
The print collection is strong in 20th-century American works, plus holdings by European artists such as Rembrandt, Goya, and English satirical works. The contemporary artist's-books collection includes the Pulitzer prize-winning Portraits in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery.
19th- and 20th-century American drawings and watercolors; photography of the 20th-century; American and English decorative arts objects from 1680 to 1910; American furniture from 1730 to 1820. Non-western art is represented by African and pre-Columbian art. American artists include Cecilia Beaux, Edward Redfield, and William Merritt Chase.
Characters from classical paintings placed onto public buildings