meet her hands 2019

Meet Her Hands is a collaborative exhibition series, produced by #bbatx and the Elisabet Ney Museum every summer, featuring three Texan women artists from #BBATX’s annual residency.

This season, we're proud to host abstract photographer Karen Navarro, collage artist Maribel Falcón and conceptual collaborators Big Chicken and Baby Bird. Each artist will showcase work within the Elisabet Ney's collection for two weeks, and throughout the summer we'll explore sculptor Elisabet Ney's legacy, while writing a new, more inclusive history of women in the arts.


MEET HER HANDS NO. 1: Karen Navarro
June 13 to june 24

Karen Navarro is a Houston-based, Argentinian-born mixed media and fine art photographer. Her fine art and constructed portraits are known for the use of color theory, surreal scenes and minimalist details. Navarro's work approaches contemporary, issues related to identity, femininity, and sexuality. The highly stylized images are tied to Navarro's background in fashion design, she studied at The University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She lives in Houston since 2014 where she completed the certificate program in photography at Houston Center for Photography. In 2018, Navarro has been awarded a scholarship at Glassell School of Art | The Museum of Fine Art Houston where she studied analog photography. Most recently Navarro has received the Artadia fellowship 2019. Navarro's work has been exhibited in the US and abroad. Her most recent shows include Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2019), Presa House Gallery, San Antonio TX (2019), Museo de la Reconquista, Tigre, Argentina (2018), The Union, Houston, TX (2018), Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX (2018), HCC Northline Art Gallery, Houston, TX (2018), Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA (2018) and Trio Contemporary Art Gallery, Athens, GA (2017).

The opening reception and artist talk for Navarro's exhibition will be held on June 13 at the Elisabet Ney Museum. The exhibition opens at 6:30 PM with complimentary refreshments by Austin Cocktails, followed by a tour of the museum at 7:00 PM and an artist talk at 7:30 PM. The exhibition itself will be open through June 23.

The event is free and open to the public with RSVP. Get your RSVP below.


meet her hands NO. 2: maribel falcón
june 27 to july 8

Maribel Falcón is an Tejana creatrix based in Austin, TX. She works with analog and digital collage as a medium, and her art focuses on political messages and indigenous-based spiritual practices. She is co-founder of Colectiva Cósmica,an art collective of mujeres who make art, teach workshops, and publish zines. Her work has been featured in Remezcla and Bitch Magazine.

The opening reception and artist talk for Falcón's exhibition will be held on June 27 at the Elisabet Ney Museum. The exhibition opens at 6:30 PM with complimentary refreshments by Austin Cocktails, followed by a tour of the museum at 7:00 PM and an artist talk at 7:30 PM. The exhibition itself will be open through July 8.

The event is free and open to the public with RSVP. Get your RSVP below.


meet her hands NO. 3: big chicken and baby bird
july 11 to july 22

Nat Bradford and Tsz Kam are a two-person collective, pair of birds, and dynamic duo currently living, working, and dying in Austin, TX. Their work centers around the experience of shifting between girlhood and womanhood within the ambiguity of gender. Their work stages fantastical scenes of domestic comfort in which objects and figures become characters with inevitable roles to play in seduction and repulsion. They have been collaborating since 2015. Both studied at and received their BFA from The University of Texas at Austin (the Lamborghini of public schools).

The opening reception and artist talk for Big Chicken and Baby Bird's exhibition will be held on July 11 at the Elisabet Ney Museum. The exhibition opens at 6:30 PM with complimentary refreshments by Austin Cocktails, followed by a tour of the museum at 7:00 PM and an artist talk at 7:30 PM. The exhibition itself will be open through July 22.

The event is free and open to the public with RSVP. Get your RSVP below.


— MEET THE PRODUCERS, PARTNERS AND VENUE — 

About #bossbabesATX: We’re a Texas-based nonprofit that amplifies and connects women and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and organizers. We create space to share our crafts, catalyze multi-industry coalitions, promote intersectionality across disciplines, seek guidance and provide each other with practical and emotional resources. Anyone interested in our mission, core values, and initiatives are invited to participate—and learn more about how intersectional gender equality can improve their daily lives. We provide 1500 opportunities to women and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and community organizers per year. More than 15,000+ community members also annually attend our showcases, markets and dialogues—and in the last three years, our programs generated an additional $1million for the Austin economy. So, whether you apply to participate in one of our programs, attend our workshops, conferences and dialogues, or come out to a festival or market to support the community we’re building, you’re a member of this movement. All babes, all people, are welcome. :) Learn more at bossbabes.org.

About the Elisabet Ney Museum: In 1892, European portrait sculptress Elisabet Ney (1833-1907) purchased property in Austin, established a studio named Formosa and resumed her career as a noted sculptor of notables. At Formosa, Ney sculpted legendary Texans, among them Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston.  Ney also assembled at her American studio portraits of European notables, including King Ludwig II of Bavaria, Otto von Bismarck, Arthur Schopenhauer and Jacob Grimm rendered from life as a young artist in Europe. At the turn of the 19th century, Elisabet Ney’s studio became a gathering place for influential Texans drawn to “Miss Ney” and to the stimulating discussions of politics, art and philosophy that took place there.  Following Ney’s death in 1907, her friends preserved the studio and its contents as the Elisabet Ney Museum and established the Texas Fine Arts Association dedicated to her memory. 


— behind meet her hands’ rosters — 

In 2016, the inaugural summer series hosted sculptor Cristina Coleman, abstract artist Arielle Austin and multidisiciplinary artist Jenn Hassin. In 2017, the series hosted illustrator and drawing artist Roshi K., digital illustrator Neta Bomani and ceramicist Angel Oloshove. In 2018, the series hosted animator and illustrator Alie Jackson, documentary photographer Deborah Valcin and conceptual artist Cindy Popp. Learn more about our arts residency at bossbabes.org/residency.