She Had a Laugh Like a Beefsteak

Performative lecture, 2005–

Selected presentations:
Claremont University, 2005
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, 2008
Goldsmiths College, London, UK, 2008
Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, 2008
University of California, Santa Barbara, 2010
University of Southern California, 2013
OTIS College of Art + Design, 2007, 2011
New York University, 2010
McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 2012
San Francisco Art Institute, 2014
University of New Mexico, 2015


She Had a Laugh Like a Beefsteak is a multilayered performative lecture about voice that Silton has been presenting in evolving iterations since 2005. The work draws from diverse artistic, theoretical, and anatomical sources not simply to contextualize the artist’s interdisciplinary practice but as a structure for a piece unto itself. The title of the work refers to a 1935 description of Gertrude Stein’s laugh by biographer M.D. Luhan.