Ever looked at a work of art and thought to yourself, “What the hell was that guy smoking when he came up with this?” If so, you’ll want to check out the local screenings of Art: 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, a PBS documentary series that answers this pressing question and many others. Art: 21 screenings will take place in a variety of venues throughout the months of October and November. On Oct. 12, Redux Contemporary Art Center will feature Stories, an episode exploring how contemporary visual art captures oral traditions. On Nov. 9, Redux presents Memory, a program that questions the role of memory and history in the creation of art. Both screenings begin at 6 p.m., and a discussion about film and contemporary art will immediately follow.

The Otranto Regional Branch Library will present Power on Oct. 17 and the Dorchester Regional Library will screen Time on Oct. 24, with both viewings beginning at 6 p.m. Power looks at the way politics and other influence contemporary art, while Time mulls how the notion of time and timelessness do the same. Finally, a 1 p.m. screening of Place will take place at 10 Storehouse Row in North Charleston on Nov. 11, exploring how artists address the issues of home and national identity in their works. The screenings are all free to the public and made possible thanks to a partnership among the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, Redux Contemporary Art Center, the Gibbes Museum of Art, the Otranto Road and Dorchester Road Regional Branch Libraries, and Art21 Inc. For more information about the series visit –Christy Robertson