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 QR code 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




University of Toronto Libraries

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  • Date: Sep 27 – Dec 15
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  • Time & Duration: (all day) (80 days)
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    • General Admission


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