Experience Caramoor’s latest project, In the Garden of Sonic Delights, with an Expert Tour led by Guest Experts and Guides. Each tour is designed to focus on the Guest Expert’s area of interest and its relationship to In the Garden of Sonic Delights. This tour is for the socially curious looking for a different perspective and ever-interesting conversation.
“Open your ears and your mind will follow.” – Trimpin, Sonic Delights artist
Alyson Baker is the Executive Director of The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Prior to this appointment, she served as Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park for more than 11 years.
With over twenty-six years of experience in the arts, Alyson Baker has worked on more than 200 exhibitions with over 600 artists including both emerging artists and world-renowned figures such as Richard Serra, Cy Twombly, Mark di Suvero, Chris Burden and Damien Hirst and historical exhibitions of work by Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, and Andy Warhol.
As a Curator and Project Coordinator, Baker has authored and edited numerous publications on contemporary art, writing about artists such as Kiki Smith and Andrea Zittel. She was the co-editor and a contributing writer for the first major publication about Socrates Sculpture Park – a book that chronicles the Park’s remarkable history of artistic innovation and community engagement.
She has lectured on subjects such as cultural models for community development, public art, artist workspaces, arts administration, non-profit management, and curatorial practice at institutions across the country including the Museum of Modern Art, the Rhode Island School of Design, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Brown University, The Noguchi Museum, the Arts & Business Council, and Cranbrook Academy of Art and has served on juries, panels and committees for such institutions as Yale University School of Architecture, PS1 Center for Contemporary Art, the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York Grantmakers in the Arts, the College Art Association, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program.
Baker is a co-founder and former President of the Long Island City Cultural Alliance. She was on the Executive Committees of the Guggenheim Museum’s Young Collector’s Council, and the New York chapter of ArtTable; and served on the community board for Long Island City, Queens, NY and as an ex officio member of New York State Artist Workspace Consortium.
In 2009, Baker founded an annual craft and design fair called Makers Market in partnership with American Craft Magazine, The Noguchi Museum, and R 20th Century; and in 2011, she established ‘Folly’ – a studio residency and exhibition program for architects at Socrates Sculpture Park in collaboration with The Architectural League of New York
Born in Newport, Rhode Island, she graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, and attended classes and summer sessions at the Rhode Island School of Design, earning a dual degree in Art History and Studio Art.