Robert Miller Cooper: May 10, 1932–July 14, 2018

My grandpa wrote of his artistic calling: “All I ever wanted was to work at my trade and get paid for it. Fame and riches never figured in. … To the artist, there are things we have to do to survive and things we must do to live. The calling is not a gentle whisper but a shout…and once we answer that important call, once we get to do what we were meant to do and get paid to do it, there’s no going back! We have reached and realized our bliss.”

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Back Home to Chicago

It’s not nostalgia but my grandparents are on my mind a week before my film premieres in Chicago. Their workaday and artistic lives are rooted here.

My dad’s dad, Sol, was a first-generation Ashkenazi American, a gifted mosaic artisan…

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