An assembly of images, sheet music, and posters, part of the Activism in the Arts: I’ve Got U Under My Skin: AIDS & Classical Music exhibition.
"Activism in the Arts: I’ve Got U Under My Skin: AIDS & Classical Music," UBC Music Art and Architecture Library of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 2022. Image courtesy of Kevin Madill and Robert Ablenas.

Artists have always enriched the world through their work, even when confronted with great suffering, loss, and fear. With the pervasiveness of AIDS at the end of the twentieth century, how did musicians respond to that epidemic through their music?


The exhibition I’ve Got U Under My Skin: AIDS & Classical Music consists of print scores, audio recordings, related ephemera, and an accompanying listening list curated by Kevin Madill, Music Librarian, the University of British Columbia. Exhibited works were selected from the music collection of UBC Library or borrowed from anonymous sources.

The exhibition runs from September 27, 2023, to December 15, 2023, in the foyers of Music Library and Gerstein Library, University of Toronto, and at Hart House Library.

One thing is certain with age: the accumulation of personal history. Some of it you may want to forget. Some of it you can’t help but forget. And some of it you should never forget. For those of us old enough to have lived a part of our adult lives through the 1980s and 90s, the AIDS crisis falls into the latter category.

Kevin Madill
Listen to performances of selected works from the exhibition:

YouTube playlist comprised of performances of selected works on display


Tuesday Noon Hour Concert Series
Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 12-1 pm
Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen's Park, University of Toronto

Free of charge

Selected vocal works from the exhibition highlighting students from the U of T School of Music’s Vocal Program. The concert made possible in part by a generous gift from Dianne W. Henderson.

Exhibition Walks
Wednesday, September 27 and Friday, September 29, 2023, 12-1 pm 
Meet at the foyer of the Music Library
Free of charge

One-hour cross-library tour offering an introduction to the exhibition led by curator Kevin Madill. Sign-up is requested but not required. Bring an umbrella in case of rain.

Exhibition Talk
Thursday, September 28, 2023, 4-5 pm
MacMillan Theatre Lobby, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queens Pk Cres W, University of Toronto
Free of charge

Introduction to the exhibition by Kevin Madill, including performances of select works from the 1991 and 1994 University of Malawi Choral Competition by U of T Soprano/Alto and Tenor/Bass choirs.


A screenshot of Google Maps showing a part of the University of Toronto St. George Campus and three exhibition locations indiceted by the numbers 1, 2, and 3.
Google Maps view of the St. George campus with exhibition locations.

1. Music Library, 80 Queens Pk Cres W, Toronto, ON M5S 2C5 
2. Hart House Library, 7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
3. Gerstein Science Information Centre, 9 King's College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 1A5

View map and directions.

See accessibility information at the Music Library, at Hart House Library, and at Gerstein Science Information Centre




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University of Toronto Libraries
University of Toronto Department of Health and Society

Event Metadata

Event Ended

  • Date: Wed, Sep 27, 2023
  • Time & Duration: (all day) (80 days)
  • Cost:
    • General Admission


  • Venues:
    • Music Library, Foyer
    • Hart House, Library
    • Gerstein Science Information Centre, Foyer
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