Tue, Mar 19th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis MN 55403

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As creative director of the Brooklyn Public Library since 2015, Leila Taylor collaborates across multiple publics in one of the nation’s largest library systems.

Recent projects include Books Unbanned, a nationwide initiative combating book bans, The People’s Ball, the anti-Met Gala, The Book of HOV an exhibition on the life of Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, created by Roc Nation in partnership with Brooklyn Public Library. She is also the author of Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul, equal parts Afrogoth memoir and trenchant analysis of the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade and the cultural work of mourning.

Leila Taylor is a designer and writer whose professional work and private projects center on the written word. As Creative Director for Brooklyn Public Library, she shapes the creative vision of the institution and amplifies the voice of one of the largest public library systems in the country.

As a writer and speaker, she explores the intersection of history and horror and the gothic in contemporary culture. She received her B.S. in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati and her Masters in Graphic Design from Yale. Twenty years later, she returned to academia and received an MFA from The New School of Social Research where she developed her first book, Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul.


$24 ticket ($19 AIGA and Walker members; $10 students)

Save with an Insights Series Package: $90 ($71 AIGA and Walker members; $38 students)
Includes admission to all five paid events.

Just add all five Insights lectures to your cart and the package discount will be magically applied at checkout. Otherwise, you can purchase packages at the Walker box office.

About the Insights Lecture Series

For over three decades, the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota have co-presented the Insights Design Lecture Series embracing the unexpected to present diverse, exploratory, and contemporary lecturers.

Featuring perspectives from around the world, Insights gives voice to adventurous design thinkers and makers. These designers often pose challenges and push the edges of their profession, in turn inspiring us to identify new perspectives in our own work.

Redefine your understanding of graphic design, dive into the thinking behind the work, then hang out after the lectures to meet the lecturers, grab a drink, and chat with your fellow design lovers.


This event will have ASL interpretation. For information about accessibility, or to request additional accommodations for this program, call 612-375-7564, or email [email protected].

This will be a live, in-person event. This event will not be live-streamed; the video will be available on the Walker Channel later this spring