Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution

Bethlehem by Design


February 2, 2016 - July 3, 2016

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

In honor of the 275th anniversary of Bethlehem PA, the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts presents a variety of artifacts and publications that demonstrate the development of the city of Bethlehem and the use of images of Bethlehem in decoration and design.

Bethlehem by Design immerses the visitor in 275 years of history within the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts. Using maps, diagrams, drawings, and models that trace Bethlehem’s development as a city, guests dive into the past and build connections to the present.

bethlehem grid commemorative plate handdrawnmap

This interactive exhibition is great for adult map and city planning enthusiasts, children learning to find their place in the community, and those who are looking to learn a little more about our fascinating past.

Enjoy the “build your own city” area, mark your favorite places and record cherished memories on top of a Plexiglas-covered historic map of Bethlehem, and explore modern views of Bethlehem through the photography of John Kish IV, our current featured local artist. Find your way to the Kemerer Museum and share your memories of Bethlehem through the years.

The exhibition is included in Pass Into History museum admission. Members receive free admission. Call 1-800-360-TOUR with questions about how to visit.

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Local Artist Spotlight: John Kish IV

Through his black and white photography, John Kish IV takes a selective look at the geometry, the human touch, and the "how and what" behind the German Colonial Style of Bethlehem's Historic Sites in order to draw eyes to the common place and unnoticed.

See the work of featured artist John Kish IV

Capturing the City: Artist Talks

 

Thursday,  April 21  |  6pm - 8pm

Join a select group of local artists as they discuss their experiences depicting Bethlehem through painting, drawing, photography and film. Enjoy light refreshments as they speak about the distinct challenges and opportunities that arise when an artist sets out to capture the city. A Question and Answer session will follow the discussion.

More information about Capturing The City

Bethlehem by Design Members Reception Photo Gallery

Thank you to everyone who attended the Bethlehem by Design Members Reception featuring an appearance and lecture by our current Local Artist Spotlight exhibitor, John Kish IV.

Photos courtesy of Scott Piccotti.


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