Rebecca Pristoop is a New York-based curator, performance artist, and collaborator committed to working with art through the lens of social justice. She is a lifelong educator with a record of curating exhibitions and organizing programs that prioritize marginalized stories.
Currently, she is Curator and Senior Program Manager at ArtBridge where she facilitates socially engaged art making between artists and public housing residents. She is also spearheading the presentation of their City Artist Corps exhibition, PRESENT POWER / FUTURE HOPES, which celebrates 50+ outdoor exhibitions by 59 New York-based artists at 16 public housing developments across New York City. The exhibition is on view at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center from July 8 - 23, 2022.
Prior to ArtBridge, Rebecca served as the Artistic Director of Art Connects New York where she visioned and organized exhibitions for constituents at social service agencies. She also coordinated workshops and participatory art experiences with numerous New York City artists.
As a performance artist, Rebecca directs The Moving Company, teaches workshops, and presents solo work that integrates intuitive movement with site and context responsive narratives.
She is also a curator with COLLECTIVE_VIEW, a New York based group of female identified art professionals, and launched their inaugural exhibition, Private View in August 2020.
Rebecca has contributed to and curated exhibitions at MoMA, The Jewish Museum, The Tang Teaching Museum, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, The Jewish Theological Seminary, York College CUNY, Queens Central Library, Ronald Feldman Gallery, and others. In 2010 she co-founded the art and food salon flatbreadaffair, where she curated site-specific installations, dinners, and panels. Rebecca is the recipient of a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a research award from the Hadassah Brandeis Institute. She received an MA in art history from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and a BA in art history and dance from Skidmore College.