LEWISTON – Maine’s first exhibition of international video art, “Videodrome II” will open Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Bates College Museum of Art, Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St.

Artist Timothy Hutchings, who uses digital technologies to animate and insert himself into photographs of buildings destroyed during the World Wars, will give a gallery talk at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, followed by a reception.

Inspired by director David Cronenberg’s investigation of the integration of television into daily reality in his 1983 cult-classic film “Videodrome,” the exhibition acknowledges video’s primacy as a medium in contemporary art.

Curated by New York’s New Museum of Contemporary Art, the exhibition is open to the public at no charge. It will be shown through Dec. 18 in the Bates museum’s Upper Gallery.

The 27 artists come from Japan, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and elsewhere. The works of one artist per day will be presented over 29 days; and during two “open call” days, visitors will be able to ask that a particular work or compilation be screened.

For more information about “Videodrome II,” call 786-6158.

Showing in the museum’s Lower Gallery are “New Acquisitions: Local and Global Contemporary Photography,” which closes next May; and “Marsden Hartley: Image and Identity,” which closes Dec. 18 and is the focus of a museum symposium slated for Nov. 5 and 6.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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