Cincinnati Art Museum has just released attendance figures for the recently closed Wedded Perfection: Two Centuries of the Wedding Gown, and it was a blockbuster. The exhibit, which ran Oct. 9-Jan. 30, drew 63,176 visitors, making it the biggest CAM exhibit since Petra: The Lost City of Stone drew 62,203 people in the 2004-2005 season.
Especially striking about Wedded Perfection's drawing power is that it wasn't a traveling show.
Wedded Perfection more than tripled the attendance of other recent major special exhibitions at CAM like Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp (18,558), Starburst: Color Photography of the 1970s (14,045); Walker Evans (13,659) and Cincinnati Collects (12,962). Wedded Perfection also helped the relatively concurrent smaller show, Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman, become a big crowd-pleaser, drawing in 34,181 visitors.