Barbara Stehle

After earning her PhD in Contemporary Art History from the Sorbonne, Barbara Stehle worked at several museums in the US and Europe, including the Centre George Pompidou in Paris and the Zurich Kunsthaus in Switzerland. In 2014 she gave a TEDx Talk focusing on "places of unbearable memories" – including the site of the Twin Towers collapse in New York and a Khmer Rouge torture chamber in Cambodia – and addressing architecture as a means of revealing human emotion and the durability of the human spirit.

Academic areas of interest

Based in New York City, Stehle curates, writes and lectures on the visual arts and architecture. Her research on Max Beckmann has been published in major exhibition catalogues, and as a historian of modernism, she is a passionate advocate for the importance of postmodernism.

Fall 2022

INTAR-2397-01 Design Thesis Prep
LAEL-1017-01 History Of Interior Architecture I: 1400-1850

Spring 2023

LAEL-1027-01 History Of Interior Architecture II: 1850 To Present
RISD faculty member Barbara Stehle
  • PHD, University of Sorbonne
  • MA, University of Sorbonne
  • DEA, University of Sorbonne