An Abstract Baltimore Story


November 1st-November 10th
5pm to 10pm


Inner Harbor


An Abstract Baltimore Story

An Abstract Baltimore Story tells the history of Henrietta Lacks, whose immortal cells (HeLa) were harvested and cultured without her knowledge in 1951. Tragically, Ms. Lacks succumbed to cancer that same year at the age of 31, but her HeLa cells became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, the HPV vaccine and more. Jeffrey Kent is an abstract painter who has created works inspired by Ms. Lack’s story. With the technical expertise of Peter Smith, these paintings will be translated into animated abstractions that will be juxtaposed with text that tell the story of Henrietta Lacks and her important HeLa cells and featured on a large outdoor LED screen.