Louisville Magazine

JUL 2019

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stmatthewsstreetfestival.com ypal.org/events LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.19 95 Just inside the Edison Center, a warehouse- looking office building on an edge of Old Louisville that missed out on the Victorian charm, hangs perhaps the most famous poster in Louisville history. No sexy gallery lighting, no curator doting on its conceptual brilliance. Instead, it presides over a short set of stairs and a ramp, which folks might climb to file a police report, or vote, or, if they count themselves among the some 300 employees of Louisville Metro based in the building, go to work. Each of their reflections might pass through the frame, merging for a moment with the greatest promotional image ever made for a ballet company, the pink ballerina's shoe poised on top of an egg Julius Friedman made for the Louisville Ballet in 1980. Lettering on the wall above reads, all- caps, "THE POSTERS OF JULIUS FRIEDMAN / GIFT OF THE FRAZIER HISTORY MUSEUM," announcing the 224 other posters from Friedman's 50-year career installed in various spots around the Edison Center last year, when the Frazier History Museum gifted the entire collection to the city. There's a quote from Friedman about the ballet poster on a card next to it that seems significant, now that he's been dead nearly two years: "I live in the moment," he said, "so for something to still have an impact 36 years later, it's great." — Dylon Jones

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