Museum Exhibit Remembers AIDS Epidemic

In the summer of 1981, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the first reports of five young gay men in Los Angeles with respiratory complications and other infectious diseases; two had already died. Later, the world would know that it was AIDS, or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Over 75 million people worldwide have been infected with HIV since then, and over 33 million have died. 

The Coral Gables Museum’s new exhibition, “A Matter of Time: Examining Forty Years of AIDS While Living Through a Pandemic,” is an eloquent and edifying reminder of just how devastating the AIDS epidemic was. Taking up three galleries of the museum, a myriad of objects, documents, ephemera and artworks in different disciplines help trace American and Miami-related stories of those who succumbed to the disease, and those who survived, from the famous to the ordinary. Science, public health, art, culture and other relevant topics are explored in the on-site exhibit and also virtually. During the course of the exhibit, different conversations with an array of community partners will be organized by the museum. 

Museum Exhibit Remembers AIDS Epidemic
AIDS Exhibit, AIDS Quilt, Washington, D.C. (from the Library of Congress, prints and photographs division, photograph by Carol M. Highsmith)

Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Ave.

“A Matter of Time” April 2 to July 18, 2021