Alyson Baker, executive director of New York’s Socrates Sculpture Park, has been appointed director of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. “Baker is the perfect fit for the Aldrich: an exceptionally capable and dynamic leader who is an advocate for artists,” said Mark L. Goldstein, chairman of the museum’s board of trustees. “She is an experienced manager and respected collaborator with a successful track record of forging creative alliances and building a strong community.” Baker’s first day on the job is July 5. She succeeds Harry Philbrick, who stepped down last year and recently signed on as director of the museum at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Meanwhile, back in New York, July will mark the end of Peter Galassi‘s 30-year career at the Museum of Modern Art. The Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of the Department of Photography, whose first position at the museum (in 1974-75) was curatorial intern, will devote his time to writing and other projects. In addition to organizing more than 40 exhibitions (from Henri-Cartier Bresson and Walker Evans to Andreas Gursky and Jeff Wall), Galassi led the growth and transformation of MoMA’s photograhy department. During his tenure, the museum’s acqusitions included a career-spanning cache of Lee Friedlander photos and the complete series of Cindy Sherman‘s “Untitled Film Stills.” The search is on for Galassi’s replacement.