Rushmore, Wes Anderson.

The Frick Pittsburgh
May 13
7 p.m.

Fans of 19th-century art and history, Bill Murray and the quirky films of Wes Anderson alike will rejoice to hear about The Frick Pittsburgh‘s latest program series, which is free to and open to the public.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Exploring visual, thematic and pop culture connections between 19th-century French artist Jacques Henri Lartigue—whose photography is on view now at The Frick Art Museum—and the contemporary films of the Academy Award-winning director, the playful series runs on the second Fridays of March, April and May at the Point Breeze center.

Via three of his top films, audiences will get a glimpse of how Anderson pays tribute to Lartigue and his work—from artfully placed photographs and references to French culture, to curated tableaux and wildly charming and creative characters.

Zissou, Rouzat, 1911© Ministère de la Culture France/Association des Amis de Jacques-Henri Lartigue,
Zissou, Rouzat, 1911© Ministère de la Culture France/Association des Amis de Jacques-Henri Lartigue,

Take in the wacky, wonderful world of The Royal Tenenbaums at lunchtime when the series kicks off this Friday. Follow along with all of absurdist humor and well-placed irony as the three talented Tenenbaum siblings—played by Gwyneth Paltow, Ben Stiller and Luke Wilson—grapple with their aloof lawyer father (Gene Hackman), their archaeologist mother (Anjelica Houston) and the disappointments of adulthood.

The series continues on April 8th with a screening of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, which stars Bill Murray as an offbeat oceanographer seeking revenge on the “jaguar shark” that devoured his partner. Equal parts parody of and homage to French diving pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the 2004 comedy-drama stars Anderson’s regular posse of favorites who are joined by Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Bud Cort and Jeff Goldblum.

Fab Francophiles wraps up on Friday, May 13th at 7 p.m. with the early Anderson favorite, Rushmore, the 1998 film that helped to launch the director’s career. Marking the debut of star Jason Schwartzman, the charming film chronicles the exploits of teenager Max Fischer, his friendship with rich industrialist Herman Blume (Bill Murray), and their shared adoration for teacher Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams).

For the series’ final screening in May, The Frick encourages all Wes Anderson fans to channel their inner Margot, Max or Zissou and come dressed in character.

Looking for more events? Read our 12 Pittsburgh events not to miss in March feature.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.