Andrew An Westover. Photo: Melissa Blackall.

Andrew An Westover Named New Museum’s Director of Education and Public Engagement

The New Museum has appointed Andrew An Westover as Keith Haring Director of Education and Public Engagement, effective August 5. Westover will oversee the New York institution’s public programming, audience engagement initiatives, youth programs, and research and development around contemporary art education. 

Westover has worked for more than a decade in the education sector, including in the public school systems in Phoenix, Arizona, and Washington, DC, and is currently a doctoral candidate in education at Harvard University. He holds master’s degrees from Arizona State University and Claremont School of Theology, and previously worked at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and at the J. Paul Getty Museum, where he oversaw the institution’s on-site and online programming for educators and school partnerships.

“Andrew brings to the New Museum a distinguished record of making education an open and inclusive public arena,” said Massimiliano Gioni, the New Museum’s artistic director. “In concert with the exhibitions program, we look forward to his leadership, strengthening the impact of the department’s engagement with the most pressing issues of today.”

Last week, the museum also revealed details of its $63 million expansion. Its second building, designed by OMA architects Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu, in collaboration with Cooper Robertson, will be adjacent to its currenty property at 231 Bowery and will be named after trustee Toby Devan Lewis, who pledged $20 million in support of the project—the largest gift ever received by the institution.

The news of the expansion comes while members of the New Museum’s union are still in contract negotiations with the institutions’s administration for higher entry-level salaries and better health care.