On TV: A sampling of fine arts on television

July 6, 2013
On TV

A sampling of fine arts on television for the week of July 7-13

Sunday, July 7
Smithsonian Channel, 7-8 a.m. “Smithsonian Spotlight: Museum in the Making” traces the steps involved in establishing the National Museum of African American History and Culture, set to open in 2015, and interviews founding director Lonnie Bunch.
C-SPAN2,
9:30-11 a.m.
“Book TV in Bakersfield, Calif.” interviews several authors in the city and tours its literary sites.
C-SPAN3,
9:30-11 a.m., 8:30-10 p.m.
“Photographs During the Great Depression” attends a discussion at the National Archives in St. Louis with University of Missouri art professor Dan Younger on the work of 20th century American photographers Arthur Rothstein, Dorothea Lange and Lewis Hine, whose work documents the hardships of the 1930s.
MPT2,
11-11:30 a.m.
“Invitation to World Literature” covers “My Name Is Red,” a novel by Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk set among the miniaturists of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century.
WETA,
2-3 p.m.
The Ken Burns documentary “Statue of Liberty” explores the history and relevance of the 300-foot sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.
WHUT,
4:30-5 p.m.
“The Lost Years of Zora Neale Hurston” recalls the final decade of the life of the “Their Eyes Were Watching God” author.
C-SPAN2,
6-6:30 p.m.
“Book TV in London: Francis Spufford” interviews the author of five books, including the historical novel “Red Plenty.”
C-SPAN2,
6:30-7 p.m.
“Book TV in London: Mary-Kay Wilmers” interviews the writer about her 35 years of work on the London Book Review.
Monday, July 8
WETA
and MPT,
8-9 p.m.
“Antiques Roadshow” updates appraisals from a 1998 visit to Rochester, N.Y., including a painting by Frank Zappa, a van Munster violin and a Minton vase.
Smithsonian, 9-10 p.m. “Museum Secrets Revealed: Inside the Met” tours New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, exploring an Egyptian temple, the armor of Henry VIII and a copper statue that inspired a tabloid story.
Tuesday, July 9
Bravo, 9-10 p.m. “Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis” begins a second season with the designer working with his assistant, Jenni, on projects including a room in a castle and a home run by a cat lady.
Thursday, July 11
MPT,
8:30-9 p.m.
“Artworks” interviews a master glass blower and the set designer for “Annie: the Musical” and also visits the Menil Collection in Houston.
Saturday, July 13
WETA,
11:30 p.m.
-1 a.m.
The documentary “Herman’s House” tells the story of Lousiana prisoner Herman Wallace and an art student named Jackie Surnell, who in 2001 wrote and asked him what his dream house would look like.

— Christian Hettinger

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