A sampling of fine arts on television
for the week of Aug. 24-30

Sunday, Aug. 24

noon-12:30 p.m.

“Artworks” talks with a Tampa sculptor who transforms metal junk into Rusty Steel Creations, a man who fell off a ladder and became a painter, two Texas craftsmen who turn rotting wood into rustic art and discuss composer Virko Baley’s opera about Ukrainian history.

7-7:30 p.m.

“Capture With Mark Seliger” talks about photography with dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and war photographer Ben Lowy.

MPT, 7-9 p.m. “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” looks at the role Jewish composers and lyricists played in creating the modern American musical, including archival and performance clips from “Gypsy” and “South Pacific.”
7:30-8 p.m. and 11:30- 11:59 p.m.
“American Artifacts: Star-Spangled Banner” visits the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for a tour of its centerpiece exhibit on the Star-Spangled Banner. Francis Scott Key wrote the national anthem 200 years ago.
WHUT, 9-10 p.m. “Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival” features highlights from the show’s first four seasons, including performances by Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Grace Kelly and Curtis Stigers.
Tuesday, Aug. 26

Syfy, 9-10 p.m.

The artists on “Face Off” team up to re-imagine characters from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” as if they’ve fallen down the rabbit hole into Alice’s “Wonderland.”

Thursday, Aug. 28

MPT, 8:30-9 p.m.

“Artworks” talks with a Colorado dance troupe that celebrates survivors of the Holocaust, a mosaic artist who captures the surrounding environment, an artist focused on the 1960s and a paper cutter who combines science and art in scenes from nature.

WHUT, 1-2 a.m. “Land of Kokeshi, Rebounding”explores how the people of Japan’s Tohoku region are rebuilding in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents, including a farmer attempting to farm without soil and young mothers who have formed a Kokeshi puppet theatre.

5-5:30 p.m.

On “Young Marvels,” Mae Ya races to make last-minute changes to a song after her mother criticizes her performance, Duncan worries about impressing his father at his biggest recital of the year, and Sophia hopes a meeting with an online school counselor will convince her mother that home-schooling is the right choice to ensure her career as a dancer.

Friday, Aug. 29

WETA, 8:30-9 p.m.

“WETA Arts” profiles local artist Lila Asher, who taught at Howard University for 43 years and is still active as an artist at 92; previews the “5x5” project, featuring 25 temporary public art installations in Washington; visits the International Quilt Festival; and explores careers of the two impressionists in “Degas/Cassatt” at the National Gallery.

WETA, 9-11 p.m. “Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning” profiles photographer Dorothea Lange, who took iconic images of the Great Depression, Dust Bowl and World War II Japanese-American internment camps.

9 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

“Great Performances at the Met: Cosi Fan Tutte” presents Mozart’s opera about testing the ties of love; conducted by music director James Levine.

Saturday, Aug. 30

11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

“Great Performances: Faust” presents Gounod’s “Faust,” updated to the mid-20th century with Faust a nuclear scientist who strikes a deal with the devil in order to win the affections of a young woman.

Ovation, 7-8 p.m.

“Raiders of the Lost Art” looks at the 2013 discovery in Munich by Cornelius Gurlitt of a haul of missing masterpieces. His father’s job was to purchase works for Hitler as part of his Fuhrermuseum.

Christian Hettinger