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Week #7, 2022

Archie Bongé's Studio, 51 Horatio Street, Greenwich Village, NY, c.1928, Photograph, Bongé Family Archives

When Dusti Bongé moved to Chicago in 1922 to study acting she met her future husband Archie Bongé, a painter from Nebraska. Several years later when they had both moved to New York, independently of one another, and both in pursuit of their respective careers, they got reconnected. A courtship followed and a few years later they got engaged to be married.

When Dusti & Archie got married in 1928, they had their wedding on the  coast in Biloxi. Best man at their wedding was Archie’s good friend Walter Anderson, the naturalist painter from Ocean Springs, who had attended both the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia and the Arts Student League in New York with Archie.

After the wedding Dusti & Archie moved back to New York, where they both lived in Archie's then studio. At the time he lived in a rather small studio apartment in Greenwich Village, back when artists still could afford studios there. The one-room apartment had, what appears to be, a small wood burning stove and a hearth. In a nook under the skylight, in the corner behind the screen covered with blankets was what served as the “kitchen” (see below). Here was a 2 burner gas stove, water basin, pots and pans, a corner cabinet with shelves for storing dishes and other household essentials such as Old Dutch Cleaner and Rinso laundry soap.   

Dusti & Archie were living the quintessential bohemian lifestyle, that all aspiring artists back then lived, and that, in the most bohemian neighborhood of New York. After a while they moved to a different apartment on West 22 Street until, in 1934, they decided to move down to the coast permanently. 


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The definitive volume on artist Dusti Bongé, by J. Richard Gruber

Dusti Bongé, Art and Life: Biloxi, New Orleans, New York

Hard bound, 12” x 9”, 350 pages, over 500 color and b&w illustrations

Limited edition lithographs of two original

Dusti Bongé drawings. 

Shrimp Boats & Factories, Back Bay Biloxi I


Shrimp Boats & Factories, Back Bay Biloxi II

​12” x 16” drawing,  15” x 22” paper size

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