Adam Lerner directs the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver, where he has also assigned himself the title of chief animator in the Department of Fabrications. That dual title is appropriate, given how he has managed to organize important contemporary art exhibitions at MCA Denver while engaging the public with events that may be unexpected for an art museum. Recently, for example, visitors could take in Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art and West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America: 1967–1977, as well as a bison-butchering workshop, a Bill Cosby sweater contest, or the MCA's trademark "Mixed Taste" series, which combines two unrelated topics into one unusual lecture. Lerner was the founder and executive director of the Laboratory of Arts and Ideas at Belmar until it merged with MCA Denver in 2009. He was the master teacher for modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum from 2001 to 2003, and curator of the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, before moving to Colorado.
In August 2010, Lerner participated in a curatorial roundtable at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, along with Mark Allen of Machine Project, Los Angeles, to discuss methods of audience engagement. He also served as the Center's Pew Fellowships panel chair in 2011.