A watercolor sketch by Lemuel Ayers of a costume for the musical "St. Louis Woman", as performed in 1946. This costume is for the character "Butterfly" performed by Pearl Bailey. At the center of the sheet of paper is a light sketch in pencil painted over in watercolor of a woman wearing a patterned, light green dress with a pink bouse and green puff sleeves with dark green bows at the shoulders and cuffs, a bow with a long sash at the waist, a hat with a bow, and a veil. At the upper left hand corner, in ink, is handwritten [Sk # 73]. At the upper right hand corner of the paper is a drawing, not overpainted, showing the back view of the dress. Behind the figure of the woman are some lightly painted lines indicating a wall and floorboards. Stapled to the lower right hand corner of the paper is a small piece of paper with handwriting at the top, in ink: [Bailey Sk 73/ Butterfly]. Below this, four (4) swatches of pink, green, yellow and gray fabric are stapled and/or glued. Next to the swatches are notes, handwritten in ink, indicating where in the costume each fabric is used. Below the attached piece of paper, hand painted, is the text: [Butterfly./ Funeral]. At the bottom left corner, handwritten in graphite, is: [Pearl Bailey]. At the bottom right corner is a paper watermark. The verso of the sketch is covered in text. At the top is [# 73 - ], and below are instructions as to how many yards are needed of each type of fabric. The sketch is unsigned. On the verso, the paper is stamped at the lower right corner with a United Scenic Artists stamp.
A spray can (2013.22.16a) of Rust-Oleum Protective Coating containing Meadow Green 7736, a green color paint. The spray can has a white exterior with black and red lettering throughout and a green, detachable lid (2013.22.16b). The front of the can features the name of the manufacturer, [RUST-OLEUM] above two (2) rows of checkered red lines. In the center of the lines is the logo, a yellow circle with red text that reads [STOPS / RUST / BRAND]. Below the logo is a red graphic of a can spraying paint to the right. Above and below the graphic is the text [PROTECTIVE COATING / Beautifies As It Protects / DANGER: EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE. CONTENTS / UNDER PRESSURE. VAPOR HARMFUL. / See Precautions On Back Panel. / Net Wt. 12 Oz. (340 Grams)]. On the back of the can are the directions for use, a summary of the qualities of protective coatings, caution warnings and contact information for the manufacturer. Text on the back is black. On the lid are two (2) stickers; one is a barcode and one is the color indicator with the pigment formula. Raised text and a graphic on the top of the lid gives instructions on how to open the can.
A toy train car with the facade covered in an inkjet image of graffiti that spells D-O-N-D-I and has a large green hand with its palm open and reaching towards to the D on the left side. This toy was created after Dondi White's death.
A watercolor sketch by Lemuel Ayers of a costume for the musical "St. Louis Woman", as performed in 1946. This costume is for the character "Badfoot" performed by Robert Pope. At the center of the sheet of paper is a light sketch in pencil painted over in watercolor of a man wearing a long black jacket with a purple rosette boutonniere, a purple and teal-patterned vest, a white dress shirt, light-colored pinstriped pants and black shoes, with his left arm partially raised. There is a graphite sketch of a guitar, not painted, extending down to the ground from the man's right hand. At the upper left hand corner, in ink, is handwritten [#56]. Behind the figure of the man are some lightly painted lines indicating a wall and floorboards. Handwritten in pencil behind the man's right shoulder is written [emb. vest/ and velvet bund]. Stapled to the upper right corner of the paper is an index card with handwriting at the top, in ink: [Sk 56/ Badfoot]. Below this, five (5) swatches of fabric---violet, teal, purple, pink, and cream--- are stapled and/or glued. Next to the swatches are notes, handwritten in ink, indicating where each fabric is used in the costume. Below the attached piece of paper, hand written, is the text: [Black stripes./ on trouser leg./ emb stripe on pant]. At the bottom center, below the sketch of the guitar, is written in blue: [Pope]. At the bottom right corner is handwritten in red paint: [Badfoot -/ Cake walk & Funeral]. On the verso, the sketch is stamped with a United Scenic Artists stamp and signed at the lower right corner in graphite: [L. Ayers].
A spray can of Red-Devil Spray Enamel containing Flame 727, a red color paint. The spray can has a white exterior and features a large graphic of various objects surrounding a black circle with a graphic of a devil with a pitchfork in the center. The objects are on different colored backgrounds forming a geometric, circular shape from individual wedges. The objects surrounding the devil include a refrigerator, a high chair, a trash can, a car, a motor, a boat, a bicycle, a bureau, a children's wagon, and a lawn mower. Above and below the graphic is text in blue, red, and black with information about the color, the brand, as well as a warning label: [INTERIOR EXTERIOR / SUPREME QUALITY / RED-DEVIL / SPRAY / enamel / FLAME 727 / DANGER-EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE. KEEP FROM HEAT OR / FLAME. CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE. VAPOR HARMFUL / See cautions elsewhere on label. NET WT. 14 OZS. AVOIR.]. On the back of the can are the directions for use, cautions, pigment formula, and manufacturer contact information.
"The Mothership" is the centerpiece stage prop used by Clinton and his multiple bands during their live concert performances. This object is a near-exact replica of the slightly larger Mothership that was used exclusively at the closing moments of concerts during the height of the band's popularity from 1976-1981. This replica prop was built from metal, plastic, and glass in the mid 1990s and used on the "Mothership Reconnection Tour".
The Voodoo Guitar (.1) used by Don Moser of Swampkat. The 6-string electric guitar is wooden with metal-plated head and body. A plaque on the head features text that reads [KATRINA - AUG - 29- 2005]. Metal letters are adhered along one side and the bottom of the head, following the curve [NEW ORLEANS / VOODOO]. Multiple "windows" were built into the guitar head. Contents include objects such as a voodoo doll and rhinestone fleur de lis brooch. At the center of the head, a figurine is attached atop the strings. It is shaped like a cross. Its top half is black, while the bottom is white and covered with multi-colored beads. Brown hair-like fibers extend out of the top and two arms. A handwritten letter (.2) on white paper with rough, burned edges is attached under the strings. It visually blocks part of the head and reads [DEAR KEVIN, / THANKS FOR ALL THE HARD WORK YOU AND / YOUR TEAM HAS PUT INTO THE VOODOO GUITAR / PROJECT. / I'VE ENJOYED EVERY MIN. OF THE JOURNEY. / THIS IS THE VOODOO GUITAR. PLEASE TAKE / EXTRA CARE OF HER, I GROWN QUITE FOND OF HER! / THE GUITAR IS SET UP AND PLAYS GREAT, SHE SOUNDS / LIKE THE DEVIL MOVING FURNITURE! / BLESSINGS / DON]. The back of the neck is light-colored wood, and the back of the head is dark wood. A gold-colored metal plaque situated at the base of the neck features engraved text that reads [KATRINA / YOU THOUGHT / YOU COULD KEEP / THE OL BIG EASY / DOWN BUT WE / STILL HEAR OUR / BRASS BANDS / BLOWIN OH WHAT/ A BEAUTIFUL / SOUND]. A clear plastic cylinder is attached to the underside of the head. It has a metal top & bottom and contains a fuzzy object.