“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Launched New York Exhibit This Weekend

HBO officially launched “The HeLa Project,” a culturally-grounded, multi-media exhibition inspired by the highly anticipated HBO film, THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. Directed by George C. Wolfe, the film is based on Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller of the same name.  In attendance for the opening night were two-time Caldecott Honor Award winning artist Kadir Nelson and Harlem based artist Lewis Long who both had original works on exhibit.  Also in attendance were Grammy nominated artist Jazmine Sullivan who recorded a moving rendition of “Motherless Children Have a Hard Time” for the film and exhibit and Saul Williams who wrote an original poem.  The room was filled with artists, creatives, and influencers who were engulfed in an interactive, educational, and engaging experience.

(Jazmine Sullivan)

(L to R: George Wolfe, Kadir Nelson, Lucinda Martinez, Jazmine Sullivan, Jackie Gagne and Lewis Long)

(L to R: George Wolfe, Kadir Nelson, Lucinda Martinez and Jazmine Sullivan)

(Kadir Nelson)

(L to R: Derrick Adams, Kadir Nelson, Jazmine Sullivan, Doreen Garner and Lewis Long)

The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line that ultimately led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.

“The HeLa Project” is designed to celebrate Henrietta Lacks, the woman – to give her a voice and to humanize and recognize this wonderful being.  The product of these elements, plus an educational, sculptural installation about the HeLa cells, all converge in this engaging experience.

The multi-market exhibition ran from April 7th – April 9th in SoHo, New York (465 W. Broadway, Fri – Sat, 11am – 7pm, Sun 12pm – 5pm).

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