Amsterdam Vermeer Exhibition : A Review

Amsterdam Vermeer Exhibition : A Review


Johannes Vermeer
The only supposed portrait of Jan Vermeer.

Okay, the Verneers. 

Let’s talk about it. 

First of all — 

This show — it was a miracle they even pulled it off … 

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam brought in works from the Louvre Paris, from London, from Berlin, from our National Gallery in DC; from the Frick in New York, and as far away as Tokyo. 

It is absolutely unbelievable that the museum director was able to negotiate and organize the lending of these — $100 million + (each) works of art. 

The logistics of all this: The transport of these priceless works. The hanging of the show. They are so old now and so delicate. So many things could’ve gone wrong.

The other thing that struck us was — the fact that these works are nearly 350 years old — 

Yet — the emotions … the light … the everyday scenes… Vermeer’s unique way of seeing the world and of capturing our small, intimate moments — still excites us, still reverberates

He died quickly at 43. 

His wife and family were quickly plunged into destitution. She traded two of his paintings to pay off the debt at the baker’s. 

Vermeer never knew the kind of esteem we hold him in now during his short lifetime. His works were mainly bought by a single collector in his time.

I sure wish we could bring him back to see — if only for a moment —the hundreds of thousands of people — who snapped up the tickets to see his works… The people who are considering this — the show of a lifetime. The fact that his works now hang in the most important museums the world over. 

I wish he could know — we remember him, and remember him well. 

350 years later — and his work still reverberates, still *matters* …

In the information overload world that we live in today — one has to wonder — what of our creative culture now — will still reverberate 350 years in our future. 

Is it even still possible to have that kind of not only lasting — but growing impact over time, as Vermeer has had? 

His work was and is — luminous. 

He captured light in a singular way, perhaps in a different way from any other artist … where it seemed the light not only emanated from without but perhaps also — from within. 

On exhibit until June 4.  

Dr. Julie Albright is a Sociologist specializing in digital culture and communications; She has a Masters Degree in Social and Systemic Studies from Nova SouthEastern University and a Dual Doctorate in Sociology and Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California. Furthermore, Dr. Albright is currently a Lecturer in the departments of Applied Psychology and Engineering at USC, where She teaches master’s level courses on the Psychology of Interactive Technologies and Sustainable Infrastructure. 

Dr. Albright’s research focused on the growing intersection of technology and social / behavioral systems!

She was the Co-PI and Project Lead for the Behavioral Component of a $121 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project with LA Dept of Water and Power, the USC Information Sciences Institute (ISI), the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and UCLA, funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy. 

She is also a sought after keynote speaker for her insights. In addition, has given talks for major data center and energy conferences including SAP for Utilities. IBM Global, Data Center Dynamics and the Dept. of Defense. Furthermore, she has appeared as an expert on national media including the Today Show, CNN, NBC Nightly News, CBS, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR Radio and many others. 

In conclusion, her book on the impacts of mobile – social- – digital technologies on society. Left to Their Own Devices: How Digital Natives Are Reshaping the American Dream – became published Fall 2018 from Random House/ Prometheus. Lastly, her next book on our increasing reliance on digital infrastructure will be co-authored with Mr. Dean Nelson (responsible for the digital infrastructure at PayPal/eBay, Uber, and others).,the%20University%20of%20Southern%20California