University Art Museum


Frank Bros The Store That Modernized Modern


Celebrating a little-known chapter in the history of California modernism, the University Art Museum at CSULB presents Frank Bros.: The Store that Modernized Modern. On view from January 28–April 9, 2017, the exhibition relates the story of Southern California’s largest and most prominent mid-century retailer of modern furniture and design. Based in Long Beach from 1938–1982, Frank Bros. embodied the optimistic post-war ethos of the American consumer, bringing fresh and exciting designs to the public not only through well-sourced inventory but with an innovative program of advertising, mailers, exhibitions and off-site custom interiors. As an exemplar of California modernism, Frank Bros. fueled and shaped the market for good design. Learn More.

Recent Acquisitions

June 20, 2016 – April 9, 2017

The University Art Museum has an excellent permanent collection, one that is strengthened by the generous support of our donors. A collection such as ours is made vibrant by the addition of new contemporary works, such as the works highlighted in this recent acquisitions exhibition.