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IIC Los Angeles - 06/2023
Italian Cultural Institute Los Angeles – June 2023

The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles is an overseas office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation dedicated to the promotion of the Italian culture in the United States. The main activities of the IIC include the organization and support of events, exhibitions and festivals, in collaboration with major local institutions, the development of academic exchanges, the incentives to publishing Italian books and the promotion of the Italian language.

Reserve the Institute
The offices of the Italian Cultural Institute are located in West Los Angeles, in the heart of Westwood Village. For rental information and availability of our space for your events please contact the administration office by clicking here.

Insights
  • IIC Los Angeles: 40 Years of History

    Founded in 1984 as part of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in San Francisco, the IIC in Los Angeles had its first location for nine years at the offices of the Italian Consulate General, then located at 12400 Wilshire Boulevard.

    Since 1999 there have been five directors: Guido Fink (1999-2003), Francesca Valente (2005-2010), Alberto Di Mauro (2010-2013) and Valeria Rumori (2015-2021) and current director Emanuele Amendola (1/18/2022 - today).

    The IIC became autonomous in 1993, the year in which the Italian Goverment acquired the current venue at 1023 Hilgard Avenue in Westwood. The modernist building, which once housed the International Student Center of the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), was designed in 1963 by Robert E. Alexander, partner of Richard Neutra.
    Recipient of several prizes and awards, Alexander studied in France, Italy and Spain, where he drew inspiration for his architectural style and lived before moving to California to work with Richard Neutra.
    He founded Robert E. Alexander & Associates in 1959.

    The building opening gala was held at the Institute for 1000 guests, with many celebrities in attendance, including Michelangelo Antonioni and Sophia Loren.

     

    Jurisdiction

    The jurisdiction of the Institute in Los Angeles includes Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.