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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

Stepping in Style: Evening Shoes of the 1950s

Now–March 27, 2022 | Gallery 213

Pulled from the museum’s permanent collection, Stepping in Style features 22 pairs of elegant evening shoes from the 1950s.

Bold Gestures: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

Now­–January 2, 2022 | Gallery 136

The latest in an ongoing rotation of loaned and recently accessioned Japanese ceramics, this new display features the work of artists who have mastered techniques from the traditional to the radical to achieve artistic revelations.

Women in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design

Now–March 27, 2022 | Gallery 222

Experience the creative and technical breakthroughs of leading contemporary female artist and hear their stories in this new installation of works from our permanent collection.


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.


The Jewish Holidays by Chaim Gross

August 24, 2021–December 12, 2021 | Gallery 213

Lithographs recapturing the color of Gross' Hassidic childhood, accompanied by explanations of the ten holiest days of the Jewish calendar written by Rabbi Avraham Soltes.