Women in Leadership Positions in the Arts

Master of Arts in Visual Arts Administration

Women in Leadership Positions in the Arts

Date and Time: Friday, September 27, 6-8 PM

Info: Panel discussion and Q&A session led by Illoria Conti, VAA alumnus. Three women from three different types of art institutions discussed their experiences as females with a leading professional role. They explained the paths that led them to their current positions, expressed challenges they have faced, and revealed important lessons they have learned. A Q&A session offered students the opportunity to seek advice from these admirable women.

Guest(s): Alyson Baker (Executive Director, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum), Valentina Castellani (Director, Gagosian Gallery), and Laura Raicovich (Director of Global Initiatives, Creative Time)

Alyson Baker, Executive Director, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
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. Ms. Baker was Director of Pat Hearn Gallery (1987 – 1992), an Associate Director of Gagosian Gallery (1992 – 1997), Curatorial Assistant in the Contemporary Art Department at the Carnegie Museum of Art and Assistant to the 1999 Carnegie International exhibition (1998 – 2000). Ms. 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, Ms. 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.

Valentina Castellani, Director, Gagosian Gallery
Valentina Castellani grew up in Turin (Italy), where she graduated in Greek Archeology and History of Art. After five years at Sotheby’s in London and New York, as an expert in Contemporary Art, she joined Gagosian Gallery in New York as a director in 2005. For Gagosian she organized the exhibitions Pino Pascali (New York, January 2006); Francis Bacon Triptychs (London, 2006); Isabel and Other Intimate Strangers: Portraits by Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon (New York, 2008); Piero Manzoni: A Retrospective (New York, 2009); Pablo Picasso. Mosqueteros (New York 2009); Pablo Picasso.The Mediterranean Years (London, June 2010); Francesco Vezzoli. Sacrilegio (New York, 2011); Rudolf Stingel, Untitled (New York, 2011); L’Amour Fou: Picasso and Marie-Therese (New York, 2011); Lucio Fontana: Ambienti Spaziali (New York, 2012); Picasso and Francoise Gilot. The Vallauris Years (New York, 2012). Valentina lives in New York with her husband Gianluca Violante, who is a professor of Economics at NYU.

Laura Raicovich, Director of Global Initiatives, Creative Time
Laura Raicovich joined Creative Time in 2012 as Director of Global Initiatives, a venture that seeks to expand and deepen the organization’s international presence. As director, Ms. Raicovich dedicates her energy to envisioning Creative Time’s Summit and Global Residency program, as well as acting as Editorial Director for Creative Time Reports. Ms. Raicovich came to Creative Time following a decade at Dia Art Foundation, where she served as Deputy Director. In 2001 she was Senior Publicist at New York’s Guggenheim museum, and from 1996 to 2001she worked as Communications and Development Director at the Public Art Fund. Ms. Raicovich graduated from Swarthmore College and holds a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She is also the author of At The Lightning Field, a lyric essay and parallel text to Walter De Maria’s renowned artwork, which will be published as a book this year.