The Mothership

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Designed by
Clinton, George, American, born 1941
Larkin, Peter, American, born 1926
Fisher, Jules, American, born 1937
Used by
Parliament-Funkadelic, American, founded 1955
Medium
metal, plastic, glass
Dimensions
Overall with Weight: 120 × 250 × 113 in., 1500 lb. (304.8 × 635 × 287 cm, 680.4 kg)
Type
props (object genres)
Date
1990s
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".
Topic
African American
Funk (Music)
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
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Personal use
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture