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MoMA Names New Chief Photography Curator



Since reopening in October, the Museum of Modern Art has won broad praise for its revitalized collection displays that scramble painting, films, performance and photographs. But MoMA’s departments continue to collect art and to organize exhibitions independently, and now the museum has designated a new chief curator for photography: Clément Chéroux, of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Mr. Chéroux, 49, has led SFMoMA’s Pritzker Center for Photography, the country’s largest dedicated space for the camera arts, since 2017. There, he has organized exhibitions such as “Snap+Share,” which examined the history of photographic transmission from postcards to social media, and “Don’t! Photography and the Art of Mistakes,” a show covering 100 years of artists’ use of blurring, lens flares, overexposure and other technical “errors.”

At MoMA he succeeds Quentin Bajac, a fellow Frenchman, who returned to Paris in late 2018 to become director of the Jeu de Paume, France’s national photography museum. (Coincidentally, this is the second time that Mr. Chéroux has taken over from Mr. Bajac in a major curatorial post; each served in turn as chief curator of the photography department of the Centre Georges Pompidou.)

“I decided to accept the offer because I think there’s a great new energy since the reopening,” Mr. Chéroux said in an interview on Thursday. “I was really impressed with the work that was done by the curators to show photography with painting, with sculpture, with films.” Having participated in an interdisciplinary rehang at the Pompidou, he added, “I know how hard it is to do that kind of installation, and MoMA’s is at a really high standard.”

The department, he said, will continue to advocate for photography as a medium in its own right. “If another Walker Evans, or another Bernd and Hilla Becher, shows up in the coming years, I don’t want to miss that artist,” he said. “But in the 20th century, the specificity of photography was defended by isolating it. And I truly believe that, in the future, we should defend the medium not by isolating it, but by combining it with the other arts.”

When he begins at MoMA in June, Mr. Chéroux will become only the sixth permanent photography chief since the museum founded a dedicated department in 1940. They include some of the most influential figures in American photography, such as Edward Steichen and John Szarkowski. Like them, Mr. Chéroux is both a scholar and a trained photographer, who studied at France’s national photography school in Arles. His Instagram account features museum installation shots, photo book covers and a few selfies.

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China reports 648 new cases, South Korea cases spike



This is a live blog. Please check back for updates.

All times below are in Beijing time.

12:05 pm: Man in Hubei didn’t show symptoms until 27 days later

Hubei’s government on Saturday said a 70-year-old man did not show any symptoms till 27 days later, although he was infected with the coronavirus.

That suggested the incubation period could be longer than 14 days.

10:50 am: Hong Kong passengers on Diamond Princess cruise ship arrive home

A third chartered plane evacuating Hong Kong residents from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan arrived home on Sunday morning, according to a South China Morning Post report.

The five residents on the plane were among more than 200 who have been evacuated since Thursday. They are all serving out a two-week quarantine period in Hong Kong.

As of Saturday, there were 70 confirmed cases in the city, said the report.

9:55 am: China reports 648 new cases, 97 additional deaths

China’s National Health Commission reported 648 new confirmed cases, and 97 additional deaths as of Feb. 22. 

That brings the mainland’s total to 76,936 cases, and 2,442 deaths.

9:23 am: South Korea reports 123 new cases, fourth death

South Korea reported a jump of 123 new cases, bringing the country’s total to 556 infected, according to the country’s for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday morning. It also reported two more deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to four.

More of half of the cases have been linked to outbreaks at a branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in country’s fourth-largest city Daegu. More than 1,000 people who attended the church have reported flu-like symptoms.

Of the 123 new cases, 63 are from the church in Daegu, according to the health authority.

Officials are also investigating a possible link between churchgoers and the spike in infections at the Cheongdo hospital, where more than 110 people have been infected so far, mostly patients at a mental illness ward.

Meanwhile, Samsung Electronics on Saturday confirmed one coronavirus case at its phone factory in South Korea, which caused it to shut down the entire facility, according to Reuters. 

8:30 am: Cases in Italy jump

Infections in Italy saw a sharp spike, surging to 79 cases by Saturday, with two dead, according to the country’s health ministry.

In the two worst-hit regions of Lombardy and Veneto, sports events have been canceled, and authorities closed schools and universities, according to a Reuters report.

A dozen towns in northern Italy effectively went into lockdown on Saturday after the deaths of the two infected people, and a growing cluster of cases with no direct links to the origin of the outbreak abroad.

An information sign that reads ‘Coronavirus, the population is invited as a precautionary measure to remain at home’ is pictured in the village of Casalpusterlengo, southeast of Milan, on February 22, 2020.

Miguel Medina | AFP

Companies have told employees from virus-hit areas to stay at home, the report said. Lombardy and Veneto are the heart of Italy’s industrial region and both make up 30% of gross domestic output.

7:55 am: Hubei reports 630 new cases

China’s Hubei province reported 630 new confirmed cases, and 96 additional deaths, as of Feb. 22. 

That brings the total number of confirmed cases in the province to 64,084, and the death toll to 2,346.

All times below are in Eastern time.

3:58 pm: Virus cases surge in South Korea

The number of coronavirus cases tripled in South Korea on Saturday, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the number of confirmed cases in the country surging to 433 from 156 over a 24-hour period. The surge in cases adds to fears among health officials that the virus, which has spread to 28 countries, could turn into a global pandemic.

More than half of the cases in South Korea are connected to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, and over a thousand members have reported potential symptoms of the virus. The area surrounding the Christian sect’s church in Daegu, a major city in South Korea, has become empty as businesses there shutter.

South Korean health officials spray disinfectant in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 21, 2020.

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2:36 pm: 7 river cruise ships to house medical workers in Wuhan

Chinese state media reported that seven ships brought into the city of Wuhan in Hubei province will be converted into temporary accommodations for medical staff in the city.

Thousands of medical workers from across the country have been brought into Hubei to help the province contain the outbreak.

Xinhua News reported that the ships normally operate as river cruises in the Three Gorges, a popular and scenic tourist area along the Yangtze River. The state news agency said, however, that the cruise ship business in the Three Gorges had been closed due to the outbreak.

The move comes amid heightened scrutiny after hundreds of passengers on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship contracted the new coronavirus. —Wang

12:20 pm: WHO fears spread of virus to countries in Africa

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met with African officials from Geneva on Saturday morning to urge them to prepare for a potential spread of the coronavirus across Africa.

Just one case has been confirmed on the continent, but health officials fear the increasing global spread of the virus, especially to countries with less developed health-care systems.

WHO says it has shipped more than 30,000 sets of personal protective equipment to six countries in Africa, and is set to ship 60,000 more sets to 19 countries in upcoming weeks. It has also provided online training courses to 11,000 African health workers, as well as advice to countries on how to conduct screening, testing and treatment.

Read CNBC’s coverage from the U.S. overnight: IMF lowers global growth forecast, cases surge in South Korea

— CNBC’s Christine Wang, Emma Newburger, and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Most people under economic pressure: Poll



Roadside vendors wait for customers on Silom Road. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

A majority of people say they are now under economic pressure, particularly from the high cost of living, high prices of goods and an inability to meet daily expenses, according to the result of a survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.

The poll was conducted on Feb 18-22 on 1,161 people throughout the country to compile their opinions on their causes of stress under the current political, economic and social conditions.

Regarding the economy, 63.97% cited the high cost of living, high prices of goods and inadequate income to meet high expenses; 30.73% the economic slump and stagnant trade and investment; and 26.82% the closing of businesses and unemployment.

On their concerns over politics, 48.11% cited the government’s slow speed in administering the country, 31.82% political division and 25.38% corruption.

On security of life and property, 63.35% said they were concerned about violence, 29.19% road accidents and 18.63% people carrying weapons in public.

Regarding health, 60.80% said they were concerned about PM2.5 toxic dust; 50.62% the Covid-19 virus and 19.14% medical expenses, entitlements and welfare.

Asked about their concerns on other issues, 44.64% cited traffic congestion, 30.36% law enforcementand, 26.79% lack of morality and ethics in society.

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