Bradford County_Ten Commandments

Following the Ten Commandments

Andrea Robbins and Max Becher have been photographing Ten Commandment monuments on public land: at courthouses, public schools, parks and county seats in locations across the United States. Many of these religious monuments are or have been under legal dispute. Some have remained in place for many years and were gifted by the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in conjunction with the release of the1956 film The Ten Commandments and were suggested by the film’s director Cecil B. DeMille. More recent decalogues were gifted by private citizens. Their conspicuous placement on public property has appeared to many as an endorsement of religion, and an infringement of the Establishment Clause of the first Amendment. Some monuments have been ignored, others successfully defended under the premise that their historic significance supersedes their religious message or preference. Some have been permitted to remain after local government converted the small plot of public land on which the monument sits to private property. And while other monuments have been removed either voluntarily or by court order, legal outcomes have differed enormously.

Andrea Robbins and Max Becher are based in New York
They have been working collaboratively since 1984.

 Click here to view the artists' website.

Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, Bradford County, Starke, Florida, mesh print, 6' x 8'. Image courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York.

Wednesday, November 12, 12:00 pm, 136 ARTlab

Thursday, November 13,
4:30 - 7:00 pm

Exhibition run
November 13, 2014
- February 20, 2015

December 23 - January 5

Gallery Hours
Monday to Friday
9:00 am - 4 pm

School of Art Gallery
255 ARTlab, 180 Dafoe Rd
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg MB  R3T 2N2