Closing this week, “The House That Will Not Pass For Any Color Than Its Own” is a place conjured from Berkeley-based artist Mildred Howard’s deep reservoir of memories, historical research, and imagination. Using her knowledge of physics, she built the glass and steel house out of everyday materials, creating a deceptively simple structure with large, open spaces. Viewers are invited in through two doorways, one of which has a view of the Statue of Liberty. Unexpected voids throughout the house aim to exemplify alternative definitions to our assumptions, with the hope that viewers will be inspired to question the status quo.

While the artwork may seem to be a sturdy and unobtrusive building among skyscrapers, closer observation reveals that it appears to float above the ground. Due to constantly-changing ambient natural light, weather, and the perspectives of viewers as they move throughout the building, it never maintains a single hue. As the colors fluidly move from soft violet-red to golden magenta to blackish purple, “The House” reveals a range acquired from complex mixing, resulting in a tint remarkably conditional and splendidly imprecise.

A free, public celebration will take place on Friday, April 16, from 4 to 6pm at Belvedere Plaza (just north of the North Cove Marina) to mark the end of the artwork’s stay in Manhattan’s Battery Park City. It will feature a conversation with Mildred Howard and Battery Park City Authority Director of Community Partnerships and Public Art, Abigail Ehrlich. Poet and author Quincy Troupe will present a reading and book signing of his new poetry collection, Duende: Poems, 1966–Now. Saxophonist David Murray & Class Struggle will perform live jazz.

To learn more, watch this video about “The House” and visit bpca.ny.gov.

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