On View
Musical Crossroads Gallery
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
Designed by
Clinton, George, American, born 1941
Larkin, Peter, American, born 1926
Fisher, Jules, American, born 1937
Used by
Parliament-Funkadelic, American, founded 1955
Date
1990s
Medium
metal, plastic, glass
Dimensions
Overall with Weight: 120 × 250 × 113 in., 1500 lb. (304.8 × 635 × 287 cm, 680.4 kg)
Ladder (in storage) 241 lbs.
Description
"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".
Classification
Props and Set Design
Movement
Afrofuturism
Type
props (object genres)
Topic
Art
Design
Funk (Music)
Musicians
Transportation
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Love to the planet
Object number
2011.83.1.1-.9
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5a4bfdab2-f9ee-437b-9064-0154b9d7f176

Cataloging is an ongoing process and we may update this record as we conduct additional research and review. If you have more information about this object, please contact us at NMAAHCDigiTeam@si.edu

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