Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares: What goes up must come down

Patria y Vida by Wright and Millares Patria y Vida by Wright and Millares

March 14, 2024 – October 19, 2024

A site-specific installation, What goes up must come down is an artwork by collaborators and Cuban American artists Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares. With a creative partnership spanning over a decade, the duo works in various media including performance, sculpture, sound, and light. Commissioned by the Lowe, this sculpture uses familiar barricades to signify global resistance, and to champion people’s right to peacefully protest. LED lights further enhance the structural complexity that prompts viewers to regard functional objects of control through a newly critical lens. Such narrative disruption speaks to a persistent interest of the artists, whose ongoing series explores the formal qualities and symbolic potency of everyday objects. 


Co-curated by Lance Fung and Caitlin Swindell and organized by the Lowe Art Museum, this project was made possible by the Linnie E. Dalbeck Memorial Foundation Additional funding was provided by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the City of Coral Gables; Beaux Arts Miami, Lowe members.


Antonia Wright and Ruben Millares, Patria y Vida, 2022. Barricades, zip ties, and LED lights, dimensions variable. Installation for No Vacancy Miami Beach (Faena Hotel, Miami Beach, FL). Image courtesy of the artists.