Carol S. Eliel is LACMA’s curator of modern art. With the museum since 1984, she has organized numerous exhibitions with catalogues including Helen Pashgian: Light Invisibleand John Altoon (both 2014); David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy (2011); Lee Mullican: An Abundant Harvest of Sun (2005); L’Esprit Nouveau: Purism in Paris, 1918-1925 (2001); Mariko Mori(1998); Annette Messager (1995); and The Apocalyptic Landscapes of Ludwig Meidner (1989). Eliel is currently coorganizing (with the Guggenheim and the Art Institute) a Moholy-Nagy retrospective, opening in 2016. She is actively involved with acquisitions, recently including works by Judy Chicago, Bruce Conner, László Moholy-Nagy, and Simmons & Burke.
Eliel has lectured across the US and written on subjects ranging from eighteenth-century French painting to cutting-edge contemporary art. From 2011-13 she was President of the Association of Art Museum Curators. In 1999 the French government named her Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Eliel received her B.A. from Yale and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.