About: Andrew Westover

I'm an associate education specialist at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Currently, I work with K-12 educator professional development and in-gallery experiences for all audiences. As an educator, I like to ask: am I fostering empathy, inquiry, critical discourse, and/or meaning making between the museum and its public? If so, then I'm on the right track!

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Art for the Whole Body

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New tours combine movement, mindfulness, and sharing to engage with art “below the neck.” More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Bonnacon

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Farting unicorn or the origin of “say it, don’t spray it”? It’s actually a magical animal from the Middle Ages…

      Here’s the full story:

      Porcupines have got nothing on this animal’s self-defense!

      According to the medieval bestiary (a kind of animal encyclopedia), the bonnacon is a creature with curled horn, leaving it defenseless against predators. 

      To compensate, it has the ability to aim and eject excrement like a projectile to distances of over 500 feet. Oh yeah, and the dung is burning hot. Doesn’t the bonnacon in this image look just a tad smug?

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

      05/03/16

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