Gossips learned earlier this month of the death of Allon Schoener. His obituary appeared in the the New York Times on Friday: "Allon Schoener, 95, Dies; Curator Caught in Furor Over 'Harlem' Show."
What the obituary doesn't mention is that Allon and his wife, Mary, who predeceased him, lived here in Hudson from 1999 to 2010, before moving on to California. They arrived in Hudson from Grafton, Vermont, on the very day, I'm told, that St. Lawrence Cement announced its plans to resume operations in Greenport and Hudson. Allon, as did most of us here at that time, became involved in the fight to prevent the giant cement plant from being built. The picture below is a screen capture from the 2006 film Two Square Miles, which documents Hudson during that time, showing Allon with Sam Pratt at a "Stop the Plant" gathering at TSL.
Allon was the designing force behind the exhibition Seeing South Bay, conceived and curated by Don Christensen. The exhibition was installed in the main hall at the Hudson Opera House in February 2001. Don recalls, "Allon didn't decide to allow his name to be associated with the South Bay show until minutes before the doors opened for the first time. He went through the exhibition, looked at each item, read each accompanying description and gave his approval to be credited as 'Exhibition Consultant.'" Don further comments, "As it turned out, the design he did for the South Bay show was the last exhibition he was involved with."
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