Who says art and sports don’t mix?
On Saturday afternoon, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture will host an invitational tennis tournament at which art world and entertainment figures will compete on the newly completed Goldstein Court of the Sheats/Goldstein Residence in Beverly Crest near Beverly Hills.
The event, a benefit for the MAK Center, also includes cocktails at sunset, BBQ from Baby Blues and guided tours of the historic 1963 home, designed by architect John Lautner, and its James Turrell Skyspace, "Above Horizon." The tennis court was designed by architect Duncan Nicholson.
Among those wielding rackets in the tournament: LACMA chief curator Franklin Sirmans, writer and artist Ben Weissman, art auctioneer Viveca-Paulin Ferrell (wife of Will Ferrell), Oscar-winning writer-director Stephen Gaghan, film producer James Dahl, Hammer Museum director of exhibitions and publications Brooke Hodge, screenwriter and producer Adam Leff and artist Charles Gaines. Former professional tennis player Justin Gimelstob will emcee the games.
The modern glass and concrete home, which is built into a sandstone hillside ledge, has been featured in numerous architectural magazine spreads as well as in movies, including “The Big Lebowski” and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” and music videos such as the opening shot of Tracie Spencer’s “It’s All About You (Not About Me).”
The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House is the L.A. home base of the MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art in Vienna. It puts on art and architecture exhibitions, as well as lectures, performances, concerts and architecture tours. It also conserves and maintains three historic R.M. Schindler structures in Los Angeles.
But the real prize of the afternoon, for the competitors anyway? The Nicholson-designed, sculptural “MAK Cup,” of course.