Music Video

What is the "Mothership" and why is it at the National Museum of African American History and Culture?

September 2016

One of the most iconic stage props ever, George Clinton's Mothership. It will be on display in the permanent music exhibition "Musical Crossroads" at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Smithsonian Artifact Featured in this Video

Smithsonian Museum
National Museum of African American History and Culture
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".
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Love to the planet
Type
props (object genres)
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