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A special feature is a temporary presentation of artworks from the museum’s permanent collection or a select arrangement of artworks lent from other institutions, organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum.

A special feature is similar to a special exhibition but is generally smaller and more focused in scope. Some museums call these “focused exhibitions” or “rotations.”


Current Special Features

First Photographs: From the Collection

Now–February 3, 2019 | Part of an ongoing series featuring special objects from the photography collection, First Photographs presents notable photographs that exemplify the medium’s relationship with newness, discovery and change.

New World Views

Now–January 6, 2019 | Gallery 106 | Before the photograph there was the vue d’optique. This print genre was popular during the second half of the eighteenth century into the early nineteenth century. 

Mark Fox: Nutzilla

Now–February 10, 2019 | Gallery 105 | This short, light-hearted ‘disaster’ film is part of a series created by Cincinnati-born, now New York-based, artist Mark Fox

Materiality: Contemporary Art in Ceramics, Glass, Fiber and Wood

Now–November 2019 | Gallery 222 | Experience the soulful expression and material mastery achieved in works produced by contemporary artists working in ceramics, glass, fiber and wood. 

The Lady’s Adviser: Love and Courting on Folding Fans

Now–June 30, 2019 | Romantic scenes decorate fans from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, adding a playful touch to these handheld accessories.


Now–TBD | Exterior Installation | On view now is a large-scale, animated neon installation on the west wall of the French Wing at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Centuries of Conflict

Now–December 16, 2018 | Gallery 213 | Over the centuries Western Europe has been the theater of repeated conflicts. Centuries of Conflict examines how artists have responded to the wars they witnessed.  

Coming soon!

How Very Droll: British Caricature

December 18–April 7, 2019 | Gallery 213 | The Golden Age of English satire spanned the 1700s into the 1800s.  In eighteenth century Britain, the noun droll, now fallen out of use, was used to designate social satire.