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New Intimacies: Photographs and Ephemera @ Hartnett Gallery

For Immediate Release

Contact: Louis Chavez |

New Intimacies: Photographs and Ephemera

On view at University of Rochester's Hartnett Gallery

November 11 - December 4, 2021

New Intimacies: Photographs and Ephemera is an exhibition of new works and photographic ephemera from artist and photographer Louis Chavez. Combining works from a collection of photographs created over the past ten years, viewers are invited to consider visual art studies and practices from the perspective of multiple and ongoing vantage points. This combination of materials presents an exploration of community, collaboration, identity, connection and intimacy. Together, these works create a snapshot of an artist’s studio and a practice that highlights the ever-shifting in-between stages of a photograph as it exists across the spectrum of image making and cultural production.

Louis Chavez (b. 1985) is a photographer and visual artist based in Rochester, New York. Taking notes from activist fronts, queer community, indigenous resistance, zine and print culture, their work seeks to weave together networks of solidarity and mutual aid for those who exist on the margins, and to make visible the understated beauty of these lived experiences. Louis is a first-year graduate student in the MFA Photography and Related Media program at Rochester Institute of Technology, and a member of the LGBTQ caucus of the Society for Photographic Education. Visit their work at

General Information

The Hartnett Gallery 201 Wilson Commons, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627 Website:


Directions To get to Hartnett Gallery (from Library Lot) on the University of Rochester River Campus, head past ITS toward Fauver Gymnasium. Take a right to go to Dandelion Square (as indicated by a large clock tower), and head to the entrance of Wilson Commons. After heading toward the entrance, take a left in on the second floor of Wilson Commons and head to the end of the hall.

About The Hartnett Gallery

The University of Rochester’s Hartnett Gallery is a student-supported, professional art gallery. Named for alumnus John B. Hartnett, this unique gallery space was designed by the renowned architects of I.M. Pei and Associates in 1972. Hartnett schedules and presents 5 to 7 exhibitions each academic year. These vary from solo shows to group exhibitions featuring local, state, national, and international artists, with an undergraduate juried exhibition held each year. A wide variety of media and genres are shown, including sculpture, photography, painting, video, and installation work, as well as curatorial and community projects. On occasion, Hartnett Gallery also plans exhibitions in conjunction with local institutions such as the Memorial Art Gallery and the Visual Studies Workshop. The Hartnett Gallery is funded by the University of Rochester Students' Association and the Venture Fund from the Office of the President of the University of Rochester. Admission to the gallery, receptions, and presentations is free and the gallery is open to the public.

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