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Bruce Picano - In Memoriam

April 09, 2014

With sadness we note the death of Bruce Picano, a third year graduate student in the Visual Studies Ph.D. program.

Bruce's research focused on the relationship between nation building and collecting the indigenous past in early twentieth-century Peru. He was especially interested in painted ceramics from the Moche culture of Peru's north coast.

Bruce worked as a teaching assistant for the History of Art & Visual Culture department and had been a resident assistant for a year and a half in graduate student housing. His students found him to be genuine, caring, understanding and approachable.

Our deepest condolences go out to Bruce's family and friends. 

Ph.D. Student
Latin American Visual Culture
Research Interests: 

My research interests involve the visual culture of the late-colonial and nineteenth-century nation building periods in Latin America.  Within this arena, my scholarly concerns include identity politics, postcolonial criticism, spatial relationships, and the history of collection and display.  More precisely, I am interested in the manner with which visual identity constructions historically manifested ideals of citizenship in the modern state through race, gender, and class in Mexico and the Andes.

Honors and Awards: 

Regents' Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz

California Museum of Photography Fellowship, UC Riverside

Gluck Fellowship, UC Riverside

Education and Training: 
M.A. University of California Riverside, Art History
B.A. University of California Los Angeles, Art History