Collecting Moments: The Photographs of Dr. John E. Ackerman

Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2013-7-13.

Men outside Ackerman’s Grocery Store, c. 1940s.

Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, accession 2013-7-13.

Exhibition Title: Collecting Moments: The Photographs of Dr. John E. Ackerman

Dates: May 17-June 13, 2018

Opening Reception: May 17, 8:00pm - 10:00 pm

Venue: Black Cat Artspace, 2186 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Gallery hours: Wednesdays-Sundays, 12:00pm-7:00pm

Curators: Charlotte Gagnier and Sarah Proulx

Collecting Moments portrays stories of youth, love, and celebration through the photographs of Dr. John E. Ackerman (1921-2008). An accomplished amateur photographer, Ackerman’s images provide both a personal and historical account of life in Toronto in the mid-20th century. His photographs offer an intimate glimpse into Toronto’s first immigrant neighbourhood, St. John’s Ward, where the Ackerman family lived and owned a grocery store. Ackerman often turned his eye towards beauty found in the familiar, photographing everyday activity on the streets and joyful moments with his family, friends, and neighbours.

The images displayed in this exhibition are produced from archival negatives from the Ackerman collection, held at the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre. The collection consists of approximately 1800 negatives and prints, as well as several film reels. The exhibition is curated by Charlotte Gagnier and Sarah Proulx, students at the University of Toronto iSchool’s Museum Studies graduate program.