Carol Eliel

Carol Eliel

Carol S. Eliel is LACMA’s Senior Curator of Modern Art.  With the museum since 1984, she has organized numerous exhibitions with catalogues including Betye Saar: Call and Response (2019), Moholy-Nagy: Future Present (co-organized, 2016); Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible (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).  She is currently organizing Light, Space, Surface: Southern California Art from LACMA’s Collection (2021) and is actively involved with acquisitions, recently including works by Dorr Bothwell, Fred Eversley, Maren Hassinger, Lari Pittman, and Betye Saar.

Eliel has lectured across the US and written on subjects ranging from 18th-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.

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