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.
Magical creatures and playful installations created from everyday objects
Characters from classical paintings placed onto public buildings
Brings together historic and contemporary works in a range of media
Civil Rights era photography from Memphis, Tennessee
Prints from throughout the artist's career present powerful observations of the human condition
A sculpture and sound installation