Museum Subversion

Upon entering the museum I must case the floors looking for blind spots and areas with multiple paths being aware that any could be used by me, or by the mark. Starting at the main entrance I head through to Japanese art. (Today may be all prep-work we will see.) Two rooms with dead ends if the mark enters I will wait on the outside to remain unnoticed. There is a staircase from Chinese art leading to Arms and Armor, risky as I easily could be spotted. Indian art seems like a great place to pick up a target. It is very open but with plenty of obstacles to obscure myself with. Heading downstairs to Tidal Waves is risky, but at the bottom of the stairs there are only two paths if I wait up to 30 seconds for them to get down I should be able to easily pick the trail back up. Fiber Art is very narrow with many dead ends. I should stay a minimum of one full room away at all times. The other path is a dead end leading to a bathroom. This is one of the points that will be the end to my trail. On to American Art Before 1900, on the south side of the bottom floor is spacious with many interconnecting rooms, perfect for easy spotting. ¬There are many mirrors and beveled silver objects in the side spaces especially on the west side I will stay in the center courtyard with the statues to keep watch and stay out of sight from them. (I have noticed that some of the security has been taking an interest into my notebook. Smiling at them seems to end their intrigue into it. From now on I will only write while “looking” at an object to avoid suspicion.) There is a single staircase leading back to the main floor. I will need to be careful on how long I wait after the mark goes up to not lose them at the blind spot. 1900-1950 American art, will need to tail from side rooms center is too open. The special exhibitions are both darkly lit. Ancient Mexican is an open area with inter-dispersed walls. (Easy pickings.) There is an exit hallway that leads back to main hall it is completely empty I should go back around the entryway to get out for keeping my cover and regaining the trail. Chinese Bronzes is full of tight hallways and few objects in each room; it may be very difficult to follow someone through this space. At the end of the exhibit there is a reading table if they stop and I try and follow I’m sure to be caught. Security in these rooms is much more dense than elsewhere in the museum. If it comes to it though I will have to follow. Entering the Twombly room I will be caught by anyone but the most diehard fan. I will double back through the other side.
American Decorative art is one long hallway I must use extra care will be needed till reaching Greek and Roman. (If they double back I’m in trouble.) On the way to Chagall’s Windows I may need to use the pillars for cover. Under the windows room there is a café and member lounge if my mark goes down there I will not be able to follow.
In the Modern Wing, Film Video New Media may be a good place to pick up a mark since its dark. (Security seems to watch anyone inside the room; maybe I wont use this space.) The Richard Hawkins exhibit has 2 paths going in one direction; it should be an easy tail. I need to make sure I don’t hit any of the motion detectors or my mark will surely notice me. In European Modern I may need to take the opposite path as my mark. Losing the mark seems extremely likely on the north end. The south side of the exhibit will be very straight forward, as many well-known pieces should slow down most people. The staircase leading up or down will be another place I will need to wait at and catch up quickly after. In After 1960 there are many security cameras. I should be able to avoid most of them, accept for the ones facing entryways between rooms. (If I’m caught and the footage is looked at I could have some problems… I wonder how many cameras I missed in the previous rooms.) Besides the cameras there are two dead ends and a closed gallery meaning I must follow through the same path that the mark takes. In the Robin family galleries there are cameras embedded in light fixtures most likely it is the same in most of the exhibits. (That is probably why I may have missed some earlier in other rooms.) A café has replaced one of the shops, but there are still books. (So if they stop I can pretend to read until they move on.) Architecture and Design is in remodeling. I will either need to re-case or hope it doesn’t open for a while. The hallway leading to Impressionism could be a major issue. Inside of Impressionism however it will be an easy dual room tail, with no sign of security cameras. (Only motion detectors around some pieces.)
European 1700’s are a single path but should be easy to follow from one room away. (A few more cameras but easily avoided.) Arms and Armory is a large dead end room I should be able to remain undetected if I time my movements right. (Many cameras in the room though, and another right outside. I probably missed a ton of cameras in the first few rooms. As long as I avoid being caught the footage wont matter though.) On the far west side of European art two long corridors could prove to be an issue I will need to wait outside of them and watch for where the mark heads. Folk Art is also closed but doesn’t reopen until January that at least shouldn’t be a problem. Prints and Drawings is a dual path gallery with infrequent entryways. I will need to follow directly. Photography is all long hallways and dead ends. (The entire floor feels like a trap.) The miniatures room is no different. This is where I stop for today, as that was the end of my journey last Wednesday.

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