Spotlight: Dusti Bongé


Spotlight: Dusti Bongé (1903 – 1993) 

March 23, 2023 – July 1, 2023 

Mobile Museum of Art presents Spotlight: Dusti Bongé, an exhibition presented by the American South Consortium exploring themes that speak to our nation’s shared histories and diverse regional identities.

The first of four Spotlight exhibitions from the American South Consortium, funded by a grant from the Art Bridges Foundation, will open March 23, 2023, at the Mobile Museum of Art. Featured will be paintings and works on paper by Mississippi’s first Modernist artist, Dusti Bongé. Bongé, born Eunice Lyle Swetman in 1903, lived and painted in Biloxi, Mississippi and exhibited her work in New York and New Orleans. She experimented with abstract art, surrealism, and abstract expressionism, for which she is most known. Bongé led an unorthodox life and career in relative obscurity. Her work is now receiving the recognition it deserves as equal to that of other well-known abstract expressionists, among them Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. 

The Mobile Museum of Art owns twenty-six Bongé works, five of which will be featured in the Spotlight exhibition. 

This is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art as part of the Art Bridges Cohort Program. 

Support for this and all museum exhibitions and programs is provided by the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Mobile County and the City of Mobile

The above video is used by courtesy of Mississippi Public Broadcasting 


Artwork featured in thumbnail: Dusti Bongé, American (1903 – 1993), Distillate of the Past (Fragment of the Past), 1958. Oil on canvas, 54″ x 42″. Gift of the Dusti Bongé Foundation.