March 11, 2019

Media Release

The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine presents

Poems Without Words
April 6, 2019 – August 10, 2019

EVENT:    The Poems Without Words exhibition features 42 paintings that explore California impressionist artwork through the framework of visual poetry. The lead artwork is titled Pergola at Samarkand, painted in Santa Barbara in 1921 by Colin Campbell Cooper (1856-1937). The painting portrays Samarkand Persian Hotel which was built in 1920 and was one of the most luxurious hotels on the west coast until it was forced to close at the height of the Depression. The exhibition also features works by Granville Redmond, Anna Hills and Jessie Arms Botke, among others.

WHEN/WHERE:  Apr. 6, 2019 – Aug. 10, 2019. The Irvine Museum Collection at the University of California, Irvine is located on the ground floor of the Airport Tower Building at 18881 Von Karman Ave., in Irvine. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free. Ample parking is available at no charge in the structure next to the building. Parking is validated at the front desk.

INFORMATION: Details on the exhibit may be found at:

Images may be downloaded from the public Google Drive

BACKGROUND:  The Irvine Museum Collection is dedicated to the preservation and display of California art from the Impressionist Period (1890-1930). The collection was donated in November 2016 and is part of the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art (UCI IMCA). For more information, visit

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