The Mothership

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
On View
Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Museum MapsObjects in this Location
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
Medium
metal, plastic, glass
Dimensions
Overall with Weight: 120 × 250 × 113 in., 1500 lb. (304.8 × 635 × 287 cm, 680.4 kg)
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
Tools and Equipment-Personal use
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
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5a4bfdab2-f9ee-437b-9064-0154b9d7f176
2 image(s)