Arts on television

April 5

A sampling of fine arts on television
for the week of 6-12

Sunday, April 6

HBO Signature
5:30-6:05 a.m.

“Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers” explores the work of Pete Eckert, Bruce Hall and Henry Butler, three blind artists drawn to photography.

Smithsonian Channel
7-8 a.m.

“America’s Treasures” learns the stories behind the Smithsonian’s most prized treasures and icons, from the desk on which Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence to Dorothy’s ruby slippers.

WETA
11-11:30 a.m.

“WETA Arts” talks with Daniel Beaty, who recently played Paul Robeson in Arena Stage’s “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” and an artist who plays with fire. The episode also explores the 1960s architecture of Palm Springs and visits a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art of photographs by Gary Winogrand.

WETA
2:30-4 p.m.

“The Soap Myth” presents Jeff Cohen’s play about a young reporter assigned to write a story about an elderly Holocaust survivor.

C-SPAN3
6-6:30 p.m.

“American Artifacts: Fraunces Tavern Museum” visits the museum on the southern tip of Manhattan to learn the history of the 1719 building, where Gen. George Washington bid farewell to his officers in 1783.

Monday, April 7

WETA and MPT
8-9 p.m.

On Part 2 of a visit to Kansas City, Mo., “Antiques Roadshow” appraises a beauty book by Madam C.J. Walker, an 1861 E.G. Wright silver cornet and a 1920 Julian Onderdonk oil painting.

Tuesday, April 8

Smithsonian
8-9 p.m.

“Museum Secrets Revealed: Jerusalem” visits the Israel Museum, which contains the Dead Sea Scrolls and other archeological treasures.

WHUT
9-11 p.m.

“Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild” follows wildlife photographer Michael Forsberg through the wild areas of the Great Plains.

Thursday, April 10

WHUT
8-9 p.m.

“Cosplay! Crafting a Secret Identity” looks at enthusiasts who wear costumes of their favorite characters from anime, comic books, science fiction and film and the network of artisans around Atlanta that support them.

MPT
8:30-9 p.m.

“Artworks” explores Bruce Munro’s magical lightscapes and talks with a sculptor of monuments, an abstract painter who uses wax and a blowtorch, and composer Richard M. Sherman on the making of “Mary Poppins.”

MPT2
Midnight-
12:30 a.m.

“Theater Talk” discusses the musical comedy “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” with actors Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham and director Darko Tresnjak.

Saturday, April 12

Starz
9-10 p.m.

On “Da Vinci’s Demons,” Leonardo struggles to navigate across the Atlantic, Lucrezia is smuggled into the Vatican and Lorenzo encounters a new threat.

— Christian Hettinger

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