CANCELED - A Tribute to the Work of Professor Emeritus John Holland

This event has been canceled due to scheduling issues. 

A selection of John's work will be available and John will speak on his gift to the library. 

Light refreshments will be served.

John Holland (born 1944) is an American composer, author, performer, and recording artist. He is Professor Emeritus in the Studio for Interrelated Media at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Holland headed the Electronic Music Studio and taught music and performance classes until he retired from teaching in 2009.

John Holland is a pioneer of the modern intersection between art and science. In the early 1980s, Holland co-founded Nature and Inquiry artists group that met weekly to discuss ideas in art and science. The group has presented work at the MIT Media Lab, the Harvard Smithsonian Observatory, Habitat Institute, and Copley Society of Art. Holland founded and produced: New Music at the Pozen Center, an experimental live music series; American Sound Group, a collaborative performance ensemble; and The Chocolate Ear, an online music series.

John Holland has produced numerous music scores and recordings, as well as books and performance texts which he has donated to the Morton R. Godine Library. 


While MassArt is the oldest art school in Boston, its library is even older. In 1871 the Massachusetts Board of Education created a "traveling museum."  Plaster casts, drawings, paintings, and art books were transported by horse-drawn wagons to towns across the state. The purpose was to spread art knowledge throughout the citizenry. It was the first collection of visual reference materials in the United States created to support public art education. Now, students, faculty and staff can borrow from the Godine's circulating collections of more than 90,000 volumes as well as countless digital resources. 

The Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) undergraduate major is a curriculum that supports idea-centered, interdisciplinary, and non-media specific artistic practice, along-side collaboration and self-governance. SIM majors work with sound, light, motion, digital and experimental media, live performance,  interactive installations, event production, print and spoken work, and public and curatorial practice.  The SIM program, the first of its kind in the country, was founded in 1969 and has remained at the cutting edge of artistic experimentation for over 40 years.  SIM will celebrate it's 50th birthday with a series of events in the fall of 2020.  

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Thursday, November 7 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Tower , 13th Floor - MassArt Library

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Campus Calendar, Alumni Calendar


Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM)

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