Chicago Going Wall Out for Tony Smith

If good fences make good neighbors, then just think of the possibilities where chunky steel walls are concerned. Chicagoans are about to reap the benefits, as Valerie Carberry Gallery and Wright have teamed up to present “Wall,” Tony Smith‘s monumental work of 1964. The 18-foot-long, black-painted slab goes on view May 6 at Wright and marks the the first presentation of a major work by Smith in Chicago in over 40 years. And as if that weren’t enough Wright-related excitement for one day, the auction house is hosting a May 3 reception to kick off the first annual Architecture and Design Film Festival in Chicago. At said bash, they’ll be showing artist Sarah Morris‘s Points on a Line, a stunning film (in fact, the best one we saw in 2010) in which she explores the Farnsworth House and the Glass House, Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson (including a peek inside the latter architect’s Rolodex, preserved for posterity), and the role of the architect and curator. Among the 39 films to be screened at the festival itself are Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee And The Spirit Of The Rural Studio, Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight, Eye Over Prague, and Visual Acoustics, Eric Bricker‘s portrait of Julius Shulman.