In recent years, the museum has strengthened its commitment to contemporary art through acquisitions, commissions, and exhibitions. The museum has acquired important works by Barbara Bosworth, Deborah Butterfield, Walton Ford, Frank Gohlke, John Gossage, Jenny Holzer, Robert Longo, Kerry James Marshall, Tim Rollins and K.O.S, Sean Scully, and Jean Shin, among others.
A particular collecting focus has been video and time-based art. The museum has assembled a serious collection of key artworks from the history of video art as well as works by new generation of artists on the cutting edge of media arts. Cory Arcangel, Jim Campbell, Peter Campus, Kota Ezawa, Svetlana and Igor Kopystiansky, Nam June Paik, Marina Zurkow, and many others are represented in the museum's permanent collection.
Photographer Barbara Bosworth focuses on landscape photography and is particularly interested in the interrelatedness of man and the natural environment.
Scully was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1945 but was raised in London, where his family moved in 1949.
Nam June Paik (1932–2006), internationally recognized as the "Father of Video Art," created a large body of work including video sculptures, installations, performances, videotapes and television productions.