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.
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.
Regents' Fellowship, UC Santa Cruz
California Museum of Photography Fellowship, UC Riverside
Gluck Fellowship, UC Riverside