Due to the museum’s closure in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus
pandemic, the National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) in Bethlehem
has announced it will extend its exhibit, “Art of Precision: The
Engineered Sculpture of Christopher Bathgate,” through Sunday, Aug. 30.
The exhibit encompasses the selected works of Christopher Bathgate, a
self-trained machinist employing handmade tools, automated CNC milling
machines and metal lathes to create complex artistic expressions
inspired by industry. Playing with the tension between aesthetic vs.
utility, form vs. function, and industrial vs. handmade, Bathgate’s
inter-disciplinary work lies at the intersection of art, craft, and
design. These pieces serve as an example of how computer-mediated
fabrication may bridge the divide between art, craft, and industrial
production in the Digital Age.
The museum is now reopened, with modified hours and increased safety
measures. Sanitizing stations have been implemented throughout the
museum, touchless soap dispensers have been installed in the museum’s
bathrooms, signage has been placed throughout the space to ensure proper
social distancing between visitors, and frequently touched areas, such
as the museum’s interactive experiences, have been modified or removed. A
Plexiglas barrier has been mounted at the museum’s front desk and all
staff and visitors over the age of 4 are required to wear masks while
inside the museum facilities.
Tickets for the museum can be purchased on the museum’s website at nmih.org