Compass A&E

If you have never given Andy Warhol much credence as an artist, only as a self-promoting showman, a visit to Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center should change your mind. “People are Beautiful” is the first of five exhibitions of Warhol’s work that will run successively, sometimes concurrently, at five academic museums in the Hudson Valley through November 2018. (Google Warhol x5 for details.)

Vassar’s museum curator, Mary-Kay Lombino, wisely chose to feature portraits, since all of Warhol’s strength and brilliance are on display. So...