A Message from the Director:

In welcoming you to the IMRC, I would like to express the hope that your visit, virtual or real, will help to increase and deepen our mutual understanding of Russian history, society, and culture. At the IMRC we believe that the visual arts, in particular, express national perceptions and aspirations and that much of the richness and diversity of Russia’s artistic legacy has still to be explored.. The IMRC is driven by a passion for things Russian, by a fascination with the magic of Russia, and by an unfailing curiosity about her destiny. We hope that the programs, activities, and collections of the IMRC will help us learn a common language, at once beneficial and harmonious, with which to address the many complex manifestations of modern Russian culture.

-John E. Bowlt

About the IMRC

Incorporated in 1979, the Institute of Modern Russian Culture (IMRC), Los Angeles, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Russian culture. To this end, it maintains a library and archive, conducts a membership program, and publishes an annual journal, Experiment, and a bi-annual newsletter.

Shrine AuditoriumThe IMRC collections of archives, rare books, periodicals, photographs, posters, phonograph records, and artifacts are concerned expressly with Russian painting, architecture, and the applied arts. A major resource for the study of Russian intellectual and material culture, especially for the University of Southern California, the IMRC also organizes or co-organizes conferences, public lectures, performances, and exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

Access to the main IMRC collections, located in the historic Shrine building on the main campus of the University of Southern California, is by appointment. For further information contact the Director, Institute of Modern Russian Culture, POB 4353, USC, Los Angeles, CA 90089-4353, USA; telephone (213) 740-2735; fax (213) 740-8550; email: imrc@usc.edu.

For a detailed history of the institute, please visit our history page.