to contest third annual MAK Games 2015 on famed Infinity court
by Rich Neher
Registration is now open for
this unique tournament that will once again benefit the MAK Center
for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House.
Entries are currently being accepted
for one of the Southlands most unique tennis events as
the third annual MAK Games 2015 will once again benefit the MAK
Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West
Up to 32 doubles teams will compete
for the MAK Cup won last year by artist Gunner Fox and writer
Benjamin Weissman with the semifinals and final taking place
on July 18 on the famous infinity court designed by Duncan Nicholson
at the Sheats-Goldstein Residence (John Lautner, 1963), home
of entrepreneur and sports enthusiast James Goldstein.
The cost to play in the event
deemed by one publication as one of the most aesthetically
rewarding events in town, is a $500 registration fee for
each doubles team and must be submitted by May 11. To sign up,
go to: makgames.org/signup.
All proceeds from MAK Games 2015
benefit the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, a non-profit
arts organization that presents contemporary art and architecture
programming while stewarding three landmarks of modern architecture.
"Its amazing to see
how many people in the cultural sphere are intensely committed
to tennis, and how many tennis players game to play for the MAK
Center, said Kimberli Meyer, director of the MAK Center.
Im really looking forward to this year, it promises
to be better than ever."
Once again this year, guests
to the event will enjoy cocktails, a BBQ, music, and tours of
the house. All are welcome and players in 2014 included a diverse
group of artists, architects, writers, musicians, actors, directors,
curators, and other cultural figures.
This year, winners will be vying
for the following: adding their names to the official and perpetual
MAK Games Trophy, designed by architect/artist Duncan Nicholson;
special gifts from participating sponsors; state of the art tennis
gear; and much more. Last years prizes included over $3,000
of gifts from participating sponsors such as Brooks Brothers,
Babolat, Liquid IV, and more.
All participants receive tickets
to the world renowned infinity court, the celebrity Pro-Am, and
the player party at the one-of-a-kind newly built nightclub directly
underneath the court.
May 11 is the registration deadline.
Between May 15 and June 21, rounds one and two will be played,
to be scheduled by participating teams at a convenient time and
On June 28, the quarterfinals will take place at a private residence
Last year, tennis pros Lester
Cook and Nicole Gibbs took part in the Pro-Am, along with Justified
star Timothy Olyphant and musician Gavin Rossdale. Former ATP
Pro and current Tennis Channel Host Justin Gimelstob was the
emcee for the event.
I think it makes perfect
sense to merge something like architecture and tennis together
and at this venue, it just represents how awesome and unique
that can be, said Gibbs, a current WTA Touring pro and
the 2013 NCAA singles champion from Stanford.
I love to see talented
people engage in the sport of tennis, said the former UCLA
All-American Gimelstob. Its really neat to see these
two worlds intersecting.
The 2014 sponsors included: Brooks
Brothers and Vanity Fair, The Agency, H.L. James, L.A. Tennis
Ladder, Taslimi Construction, Baby Blues, Liquid I.V., Meiomi,
Selvarey, Stiegl, Vienna Tourist Board.
To sign up for the MAK Cup 2015,
go to: makgames.org/signup. For more information on the MAK Center,
see the website at: http://makcenter.org/.
About the MAK Center for Art
Since its founding in 1994, the
MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House has
been making a unique contribution to the artistic and cultural
landscape of Los Angeles. Offering a year-round schedule of exhibitions
and events, the MAK Center presents programming that challenges
conventional notions of architectural space and relationships
between the creative arts. It is headquartered in the landmark
Schindler House (R.M. Schindler, 1922) in West Hollywood; operates
a residency program and exhibition space at the Mackey Apartments
(R.M. Schindler, 1939) and runs more intimate programming at
the Fitzpatrick-Leland House (R.M. Schindler, 1936) in Los Angeles.
The MAK Center is the California satellite of the MAK
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art in Vienna, and
works in cooperation with the Friends of the Schindler House.
Unique in its role as a constellation of historic architectural
sites and contemporary exhibition spaces, the MAK Center develops
local, national, and international projects exploring the intersection
of art and architecture. It seeks out and supports projects that
test disciplinary boundaries. Acting as a cultural think tank
for current issues, the MAK Center encourages exploration of
practical and theoretical ideas in art and architecture by engaging
the centers places, spaces, and histories. Its programming
includes exhibitions, lectures, symposia, discussions, performances,
music series, publication projects, salons, architecture tours,
and new work commissions. It collaborates frequently with guest
curators, artists and architects.